Pumpkins are dotting the countryside, in every yard and on every front porch. They’re a lovely splash of fall color, but more than being decorative, pumpkins are an amazing super fruit. We often call them a vegetable, but this nutritionally dense powerhouse is a member of the gourd family, a fruit.
Pumpkin contains an abundance of disease-fighting nutrients, including magnesium, potassium, pantothenic acid, and vitamins C and E. But the component that makes it a “super food” is the synergistic combination of carotenoids.
Foods rich in carotenoids are known to be big disease and cancer fighters. You recognize them by their beautiful yellow and orange color like in carrots, squash, yellow bell peppers, sweet potatoes, mangos and apricots. The bright color lets you know they are richly potent and full of phytonutrients.