Pumpkin pie is said to increase the length of lives. No joke. The alpha and beta-carotene found in pumpkins and other fruits and vegetables are very good for your health. When consumed, the body converts them to Vitamin A. Researchers believe that the conversion of beta-carotene is more efficient than that of alpha-carotene.
Alpha-carotene, on the other hand, is said to defend the DNA from attacks and malfunctions. Regular consumption is believed to help avoid cancer.
Both of these nutrients are from the carotenoid family, which is indeed similar to the word ‘carrot’, as the substances cause the orange color in many vegetables.
So for all you pumpkin pie lovers – enjoy this season’s meals to their fullest!