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Here’s An Excuse To Eat Pumpkin Everything

Who thinks of fall without considering pumpkins? While many wait to eat pumpkins until after Halloween, you may want to enjoy them throughout the season. One cup of cooked pumpkin contains 245% of your recommended vitamin A.

Man holds a pumpkin in a pumpkin patch in Chicago, Illinois
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One of pumpkin’s antioxidants, beta-carotene, is responsible for its high vitamin A content. Research in a 2016 issue of Immunopharmacology and Immunotoxicology reveals that beta-carotene has “an immune-enhancing effect” on our cells. In other words, eating pumpkins encourages a strong immune system that will guide us through flu season. Roasted pumpkin seeds also provide this benefit–and they taste amazing!