With Labor Day behind us, it’s officially fall which means — PUMPKIN FLAVORED EVERYTHING! But did you know there’s actually some great benefits tied to eating pumpkin?! We’ve culminated 5 different reasons you should take advantage of the abundance of pumpkin this fall season.
REASON #1: PROMOTES GOOD EYESIGHT
Being packed with a multitude of nutrients, Pumpkins takes on a an ideal role in supporting ocular health. As a matter of fact, the nutrients found in pumpkins and other carotenoids are said to reduce risk of cataracts as well as age-related macular degeneration. The Vitamin A found in pumpkin contributes toward the promotion of good eyesight.
REASON #2: PROTECTS THE CORNEA
Additionally, Vitamin A helps to support and protect your cornea, as well as the surface of the eye, and optimizes our ability to see better in low light conditions. Take that carrots!
TIP #3: HEALTHY RETINA
Zinc also plays a role in keeping your retina healthy. It creates a pigment called melanin which helps to protect your eyes. Alongside all the powerful antioxidants found in pumpkin, it makes for a powerful protective duo. Who knew? (We did, wink wink.)
Now that you know, feel free to indulge in all the delicious fall dishes centered around pumpkin, such as pumpkin soup, roasted pumpkin, and pumpkin seeds for snacking! Enjoy!