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Eat or Decorate with Autumn Vegetables?
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Connect with Saline County FCS agent Kris Boulton.
You can certainly tell that fall is in the air! Cooler temperatures, sounds of bands
and fans at football games, and the arrival of pumpkins, gourds, and winter squash
at the local markets to welcome fall! While many people use pumpkins and gourds for
decorating, these vegetables are packed with nutrients that are great for us.
While we use pumpkins and gourds for decorating, these vegetables are packed with
nutrients. Winter squash, pumpkins, and carrots are all deep yellow to deep orange
in color and are particularly rich in beta-carotene, which the body turns in to Vitamin
For foods high in beta-carotene and other carotenoids, try to choose red, orange,
deep-yellow, and some dark-green leafy vegetables every day. Be aware, however, that
color is a clue, not an assurance, that fruits and vegetables are good sources of
beta-carotene. For example, despite their color, neither corn nor snow peas have much
beta carotene-but they do supply other nutrients.
You have probably heard that Vitamin A is an essential part of a healthy diet. Vitamin
A helps our eyes to adjust easily and see normally in the dark, plus it promotes the
growth and health of cells and tissues throughout our bodies.
Vitamin A also protects you from infections by keeping the skin and tissues in your
mouth, stomach, intestines, respiratory, and urinary tracts healthy. It also may reduce
your risk for certain cancers and other some other diseases by working as an antioxidant
in the form of carotenoids. This is a healthy reason why we should have at least one
serving of Vitamin A rich food daily.
Anyway you decide to enjoy your pumpkins and winter squash, know that you are getting
a vegetable that is high in both Vitamin A and beta-carotene that tastes great! I
like to decorate for a while inside then cook them. That way I get the best of both
options – beauty and nutrition.
For more information about autumn vegetables and nutrition, check out this blog from Howard County!.