This is the time of year when people love to eat pumpkin. The Council on Aging strives to keep their senior citizens healthy and active. Each month they give their senior center participants fun facts on nutrition and exercise. This month they have focused on pumpkins. People eat pumpkins because they taste delicious in hundreds of recipes. If that’s not enough to convince you to eat more, consider the fact that they are also nutritious. And if you need even more convincing, be advised that pumpkins are good for your health. Here are some uses of pumpkins in healthcare or yesterday and today that may be surprising. Pumpkins were believed to help eliminate freckles. They were once used as a remedy for snake bites. A number of facial and anti-wrinkle creams include pumpkin. Did you know that pumpkins have zero cholesterol and they are really low in salt? Pumpkins are low in fat and calories and full of vitamins. They contain beta carotene which helps reduce the risk of certain types of cancer and they lower the risk of heart disease. Pumpkin seeds help to reduce the risk of prostate cancer. And something I did not realize is the pumpkins is made up of 90% of water. So I guess we all need to start eating more pumpkin. Thank you Council on Aging for these healthy nutrition facts.