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Health benefits of pumpkins: save the meat when you're carving jack-o-lanterns

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KENNEWICK, Wash.--  If you're getting ready to carve those jack-o-lanterns, don't throw away the insides of the pumpkin just yet.  They're healthy!

Pumpkin is an excellent source of vitamins A and C and potassium.  It's also a good source of fiber.  The seeds, too, are high in fiber, vitamin B-12, and zinc.

If you plan to use fresh pumpkins for baking, choose a small one with few bruises.  Smaller pumpkins are said to have more flavorful meat.  

Some recipe ideas include pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, pumpkin soup, or use it as a simple side dish.  However, be careful when choosing a recipe because some of the ingredients may not be as healthy as the pumpkin itself.

Also, don't forget the seeds, you can roast them in the oven for snacks or to top off a salad.

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