Winter Squash or Pumpkin

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Healthy Benefits

Disease Prevention and Risk Reduction

As potent antioxidants, carotenoids help prevent diseases in which oxidative damage plays a role, such as cardiovascular disease and cancer.

A 2009 study published in the journal Cancer Research reported that women with the highest blood levels of alpha-carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin, and beta-cryptoxanthin had as much as a 50 percent reduction in breast cancer risk.

Although these vegetables are high in carbohydrates, their carbs are not as easily absorbed making them a better choice than white potatoes for people with diabetes.

Resources

Reinhard, Tonia. Superfoods: The Healthiest Foods on the Planet. Buffalo, NY: Firefly, 2010. Print.

Wait, Marianne. Magic Foods for Better Blood Sugar. Pleasantville, NY: Reader’s Digest Association, 2007. Print.

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