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Why To Include Pumpkin Spice In Your Diet

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Pumpkin spice is a common ingredient in most recipes this festive season. Although most of these foods are unhealthy, the pumpkin spice is made of spices that are good for your health. Know the health benefits of the ingredients and include them in your foods for a healthy diet.

With the air turning crisp, you may have noticed that pumpkin spice is everywhere! Pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin spice candles, pumpkin spice muffins—the list can be never-ending. What you may not have realized, however, is that there isn’t actually any pumpkin in pumpkin spice!

So what is this fantastic concoction made of? Generally, it is a blend of 3–5 different spices. You can buy the spice pre-made at your local grocery store or you can make it yourself.

What Are The Health Benefits?

Although most of the recipes that call for pumpkin spice are unhealthy, the spices themselves have a wide variety of health benefits. The recipe of the spice is also quite simple. When making the spice, you can try to experiment with the ratio of ingredients as per your liking. I recommend starting with this list from the top to bottom, focusing more on the first ingredients. I’ve given the ingredients along with their nutritional benefits:

1. Cinnamon

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Pumpkin spice contains cinnamon as its main ingredient. Studies have shown that cinnamon, which is grounding and earthy, can help lower blood pressure.

2. Nutmeg

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This is also predominant in pumpkin spice. Nutmeg provides as much as 41% of the daily recommended amount of manganese in just one teaspoon.

3. Ginger

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Helpful in digestion, ginger also contains natural anti-inflammatory properties.

4. Allspice

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Actually a dried, unripened fruit, allspice is packed with numerous minerals such as iron and copper.

5. Cloves

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These help to boost the immune system.

So while you are baking all of your delicious Fall and Winter goodies, think how you can “clean up” the recipes so as to not counter effect all of the health benefits in your spices.1

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Janelle Casella
Star Expert

Janelle is a Certified Health Coach helping women get nourished from the inside out with food and wellness tips that work. Janelle is based north of Boston but helps clients nationwide via phone, skype, and online programs. Janelle helps busy women restore health naturally for increased mental clarity, improved sleep, better digestion, management of autoimmune issues and natural weight loss. Janelle graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City and teaches Nutrition courses at the New Hampshire Institute for Therapeutic Arts. Her education and experience has equipped her with extensive knowledge in holistic nutrition, health coaching, and preventive health. Her signature Nourish 21 online program is a crash course in nutrition that helps folks navigate through all of the contradictory nutritional information available while teaching the overlapping truths. To learn more about her work and her available programs please visit www.perfectlynourished.com.

Janelle Casella
Star Expert

Janelle is a Certified Health Coach helping women get nourished from the inside out with food and wellness tips that work. Janelle is based north of Boston but helps clients nationwide via phone, skype, and online programs. Janelle helps busy women restore health naturally for increased mental clarity, improved sleep, better digestion, management of autoimmune issues and natural weight loss. Janelle graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City and teaches Nutrition courses at the New Hampshire Institute for Therapeutic Arts. Her education and experience has equipped her with extensive knowledge in holistic nutrition, health coaching, and preventive health. Her signature Nourish 21 online program is a crash course in nutrition that helps folks navigate through all of the contradictory nutritional information available while teaching the overlapping truths. To learn more about her work and her available programs please visit www.perfectlynourished.com.

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