It’s harvest time and one of my favorite treats is anything pumpkin. The pumpkin gets 5 stars for weight loss and optimum health. This radiant gord is low in saturated fat, and very low in cholesterol and sodium. Its attributes make it a good source of vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol), thiamin, niacin, vitamin B6, folate, iron (8% of the RDA), magnesium and phosphorus. The pumpkin also has vitamin A (a whopping 245% of the RDA), vitamin C (19% of the RDA), easily absorbable calcium (4% of the RDA), riboflavin, potassium, copper and manganese. Pumpkin is also a good source of dietary fiber one cup cooked and mashed has 3 grams fiber, 2 grams protein and only 2 grams naturally occurring sugar. Oh and did I mention that pumpkins are a powerhouse of antioxidants including, but not limited to beta-carotene.