Pumpkins

This past weekend my family and I went to the Circleville Pumpkin show. There were huge pumpkins weighing in over 1400 pounds. There were pumpkins everywhere. They had so much pumpkin food from pumpkin donuts, pie, cheesecake to pumpkin waffles. You name it and they could probably make it with pumpkin. We didn’t sample much of the food though. The only thing we did try was a pumpkin donut. It was pretty good, you couldn’t really taste the pumpkin in it. The pumpkin helps to keep it moist. Now as all of these people at the show are eating pumpkin I doubt they know the health benefits of pumpkin. The orange color of pumpkins should be a dead give away that pumpkins are loaded with beta-carotene. Beta-carotene can help offer protection against some degenerative aging diseases. In 1 cup of boiled pumpkin and drained there are 49 calories, 2 grams of protein and zero fat. There are tons of recipes were pumpkin can be added. One of my favorites is pumpkin bread! So go ahead and try a pumpkin recipe.

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