Health Watch - Autumn: Pumpkin

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about autumn and your health. When you buy pumpkins to decorate for fall holidays such as Halloween or Thanksgiving, buy an extra pumpkin or two to eat.

Lona Sandon, a registered dietitian at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says the flesh and seeds of pumpkins are loaded with nutrients. Pumpkins are also low in fat and calories. They’re a good source of vitamins A, C and potassium. The seeds are high in fiber, vitamin B12 and heart-healthy polyunsaturated fatty acids. When you’re buying pumpkins to cook instead of carve, look for smaller pumpkins. Smaller pumpkins will have softer, tastier flesh. Pumpkin is good for more than pies. You can cook with it the way you might use winter squash or sweet potatoes. Oven roast the seeds for a tasty, nutritious snack.

Visit www.utsouthwestern.org/nutrition to learn more about UT Southwestern’s clinical services in nutrition.

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October 2009


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