It is possible to enjoy a healthy dessert even during the holidays! Pumpkin is a great subtle flavor to pair with chocolate, and it’s a vegetable with lots of fiber and antioxidants for colon cancer prevention. It is time to take advantage of this seasonal orange squash – not just for decoration – but also for colon health!
The rich orange color of pumpkin is due to an important phytonutrient called carotene. The body converts carotene into vitamin A, a powerful antioxidant that can protect against cancer and disease. Carotene and the multiple flavonoids in pumpkins, such as lutein and zeaxanthin, help protect cells from free radical damage that can lead to disease. You also get the benefits of vitamin C, vitamin E and many other vitamins and minerals when you eat pumpkin.
Pumpkin is also excellent for colon health because its fiber content helps promote regular bowel movements and keeps the colon clear. For years, studies have shown that increased dietary fiber intake can decrease your risk of colon cancer. In fact, a low-fat, high-fiber diet has been associated with a lower risk of colorectal adenoma (or polyp) recurrence.
These Pumpkin Dark Chocolate Truffles make a healthy dessert for something different than the usual pumpkin pie. Indulge in a seasonal pumpkin-flavored truffle!