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Papaya and Pumpkin: The Fall Fruits You Need

By Brandi Goodman  

The fall season sees the start of many health problems for various parties. Kids in close proximity to one another and co-workers on the job are just as likely to spread germs back and forth. You don't want to spend all of fall feeling unwell. Add papaya and pumpkin to your weekly menu so you can stave off illness by adding all the nutrition to your life that these fruits present. 

Health Benefits of Papaya

Papaya may not be a fruit you commonly hear about. Apples, pears, and pumpkins often make up the fall fruits people discuss. Despite this fact, papaya is a nutritious option that should really be included in your diet all autumn long. 

Fiber is at the forefront of nutrients offered by papaya. Just one small piece of fruit contains nearly 3 grams of fiber. This aids in digestion and helps keep you full and satisfied for longer. You're also getting a low-calorie snack that won't break your diet. One small papaya only contains roughly 68 calories. Vitamins C and A prevail in papaya. This ensures your body has the antioxidant power it needs to fight off disease and keep your cells safe from cancerous toxins. 

Health Benefits of Pumpkin

Pumpkin of course needs to be mentioned when it comes to the fall. It's really the fruit of the season, with so many people picking pumpkins from patches, carving them out, and eating the seeds and insides. Many people opt for pumpkin puree from a can, but the real results will be achieved when you choose the real thing. 

Nutritionally, pumpkin is similar to a vegetable. Scientists say, however, that its seed-bearing abilities make it more fruit-like. Whatever the orange creation is, it's still something that should be on your menu this fall. Fiber, protein, Vitamin A, potassium, Vitamin C, manganese, and iron are just a few of the nutrients provided by pumpkin. Enjoy the seeds or take the insides and turn them into a soup or other dish worth eating. Larger pumpkins work well for soup and smaller pumpkins or gourds suffice for pies and baked goods.

Papayas and pumpkins are equally nutritious. Add both to your fall menu and enjoy these vitamin-rich foods. You'll gain many health benefits from them both, all while consuming very few calories and working to maintain your weight -- something that creeps on easily throughout the fall and winter holiday season.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Richmond, Va.

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