Yes, PUMPKIN is one of the Super Hero Health Foods!
It is the best source of the combination of alpha-carotene and beta-carotene, two carotenoids that work optimally as a team.
Carotenoids are converted to vitamin A, and pumpkin has twice as much alpha-carotene as carrots. Does that give you a clue what it’s good for?
Yes, you win! It’s good for your eyes! It helps protect your body against macular degeneration and cataracts, and other health conditions linked to free radical damage. (There those beasties are again! Death to Free Radicals!)
Not only that, carotenoid-rich foods like pumpkin have been shown to reduce the risk for cardiovascular problems and cancers of the lungs, colon, breast and skin.
Super Hero Sidekicks for Pumpkin are carrots (no surprise there!), butternut squash and sweet potatoes. It’s also good to know that canned pumpkin is just as nutritious as fresh pumpkin. Eat one-half cup of these carotenoid-rich foods most days to help stay healthy.
From Cinderella’s coach to a Super Hero Health Food, Pumpkin is a star, worthy of a place on the Superfoods List!