Halloween: Prize Pumpkin

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It’s the time of year for ghosts and goblins to emerge in their annual quest for candy. This week on Health Watch, we’ll talk about keeping the bad kinds of scares out of your Halloween celebration. The centerpiece for Halloween decorating is often a carved pumpkin, but pumpkins are good for more than making jack o’lanterns.

In this season of sweets, pumpkin provides a nutritional counterpoint. Lona Sandon, a registered dietitian at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says pumpkin is low in fat and calories and loaded with vitamins. The flesh of the pumpkin, which can be used to make soups, pies, muffins, cookies, cakes and other treats, is rich in potassium and vitamins A and C. Roasted pumpkin seeds make a good nutritious snack or crunchy salad topping, because they are high in fiber and a good source of vitamin B-12 and heart-healthy fats.  

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October 2011

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