Pumpkins aren't just for carving, they're actually really good for eating. And no, I'm not talking about pumpkin pie for Pumpkin Spice Lattes.

Here are the potential health benefits of eating pumpkin:

  • Lower risk of cancer. Pumpkin is high in carotenoids, which are compounds that can function as antioxidants. That allows them to neutralize free radicals, which may protect you against certain cancers.
  • Immunity boost. Nutrients like beta-carotene, vitamin C, vitamin E, iron, and folate can boost your immune system.
  • Eyesight protection. Lutein and zeaxanthin have been linked to stronger eyesight as your body ages and could lower your risk of macular degeneration and cataracts.
  • Weight loss help. Pumpkin is packed with nutrients and low in calories. It's got a bunch of fiber, which can help curb your appetite.
  • Improve heart health. Pumpkin's got a lot of potassium, which has been linked to lower blood pressure and a reduced risk of strokes.

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