If you live near a Trader Joe’s, now’s the time of year to get your pumpkin EVERYTHING fix. Pumpkin salsa, pumpkin butter, pumpkin cornbread - seriously, I doubt you can come up with any food that has not been doused in pumpkin. As much as we like to make fun of that stuff every autumn, I have to admit I love it. Nothing makes me happier than honey roasted pumpkin ravioli accompanied by a Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale followed by pumpkin pie. Yeah, I’m a little bit extreme. The only time I’m not excited about pumpkin is when it’s that fake, chemical-scented pumpkin goo that makes its way into “pumpkin spice” candles and toxic air fresheners. Nah, you can keep that mess.
But real pumpkin puree, in addition to being seriously tasty, has a lot of health benefits. Just one cup of this orange fruit (yes, it’s a fruit) offers 7 grams of dietary fiber (28% of daily recommended amount based on a 2,000 calorie diet) and 10 percent of the daily requirement of potassium. Both of these work to keep your digestive system in top shape.
Pumpkin also contains healthy doses of Vitamin A and iron. Organic, canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling, but plain pumpkin) will give you the nutrients without the battle of opening a fresh pumpkin.
What most people don’t realize is that pumpkin is also healthy for your skin when applied topically. Because pumpkin is a storehouse of fruit enzymes and gentle alpha hydroxy acids, it works to brighten and smooth the skin through increased cell turnover. And with pumpkin’s small molecular structure, it helps other ingredients penetrate deep inside the skin. Pumpkin even boosts collagen production which is a bonus for plumping up those fine lines. Pumpkin is wonderful in masques, moisturizers and exfoliants. It can be used on all skin types, but it’s particularly effective on dull, aging and environmentally damaged skin.
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What’s your favorite pumpkin treat to eat?