Fall is upon us. Which means pumpkin products are everywhere.
Pumpkins are so much more than a seasonal decoration. From your coffee shop to your corner bakery, this winter squash makes its appearance in our food supply towards the end of the year.
And besides being beautiful, pumpkins are quite the nutritional powerhouse too.
One cup of mashed, cooked pumpkin contains:
- 50 calories
- 3 grams fiber
- 2 grams protein
The Vitamin A content of pumpkin is probably its most impressive stat. One cup of pumpkin provides 100% of the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for vitamin A.
Vitamin A is an important fat-soluble vitamin that helps promote vision and maintain a healthy immune system.
If you are looking for some ways to incorporate more pumpkin into your diet (other than pumpkin pie!) check out these tips in the USDA’s Seasonal Produce Guide for Pumpkin.