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Organic pumpkins aren’t just for pie this time of year. They may, in fact, be one of nutrition’s best-kept secrets. 

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Pumpkins are packed with a cancer-fighting nutrient called carotenoid, says registered dietitian Stephanie Meyers, a nutritionist at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. Carotenoids have been linked to the prevention of colon, prostate, breast and lung cancer, she says. 

You can eat pumpkin year-round by including it in soups, ravioli stuffing and bread. 

Other orange foods rich in carotenoids include: 

  • Sweet potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Squash, including acorn and butternut

One important note: Eating foods rich in carotenoids provides a greater protective benefit than taking carotenoid supplements in pill form, Meyers says.

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