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Published On: November 19th, 2014

Thanksgiving is only 8 days away, and Slider can't help but think about Pumpkin Pie!  Slider's Healthy Thought Today is About Pumpkins & Pumpkin Pie!

Did you know…

  • Pumpkins are actually a fruit, not a vegetable!
  • 1 cup of pumpkin contains over 200% of most people's recommended daily intake of Vitamin A.  Vitamin A has many health benefits including eye health, helping fighting off infections and viruses, protects against the sun's wrinkle-causing UV rays, and helping fight cancer!
  • Pumpkin also contains fiber which helps you digest your food efficiently and absorb nutrients. 1 cup of pumpkin has 7 grams of fiber, nearly 1/3 of the daily recommended amount!
  • The colonists made pumpkin pie by slicing off the pumpkin tops, removing the seeds, and filling the insides with milk, spices, and honey. Then it was baked in hot ashes.
  • 1 in 5 Americans have eaten an entire pie by themselves. That adds up to 2,000 calories in 1 sitting for an 8 inch pumpkin pie!

Be sure to check back for Slider's Healthy Thought of the Day again next week presented by Olmsted County Public Health and your Rochester Honkers!