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Health benefits of eating pumpkins

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) –  One classic fall item is the pumpkin. You use them to decorate with or carve them but one local registered dietitian says eating pumpkin is good for you.

Mayo Clinic Health System Registered Dietitian Jamie Pronschinske said pumpkin products can be very nutritious if they are made with real pumpkin.

“Pumpkins are great sources of beta keratin which is an antioxidant which can help protect us against certain cancers and heart disease. It’s also a precursor to Vitamin A which can be good for our eyesight. I would just say be leery of some of the pumpkin products that they can be very high in sugar and fat so just limiting those types of things.”

Pronschinske suggested if you’re cooking or baking at home with pumpkin make sure to look for 100% pumpkin and not pumpkin pie filling.

Brittany Lake

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