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Does Pumpkin Actually Warm You During Those Cold Days?

3 Nov 2016, 8:11 am

Does eating pumpkin keep you warm as temperatures drop?
Short answer, no.
But that doesn’t mean we can’t pumpkin EVERYTHING anyway!
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After a Fall filled with above normal temperatures, it’s hard to believe we’ve already made it to the month of November. Rapidly approaching Thanksgiving, it’s time to start thinking about the inevitable onset of colder weather and how we can stay warm as we pile on the winter layers.
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But, why does my pumpkin latte make me feel warmer? Nostalgia, duh!
Sadly, there isn’t actually any pumpkin in your favorite fall froth.
What, No pumpkin!?
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It’s called, ‘pumpkin spice’ and that is where the heat comes from– the spices!
Pumpkin spice typically contains cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and occasionally allspice.
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Both cinnamon and ginger are spices that improve circulation and get some of that warmer blood to those often forgotten extremities! (Fingers and toes)
Those other spices? Well, who wants a cinnamon/ginger latte? Sounds much more appealing to call it pumpkin spice!
And who could forget the coffee aspect of the popular drink? Caffeine helps with circulation and stimulate your metabolism– just avoid the sugar to avoid the crash.
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If you’re looking to stay warm as we head into colder months, things like lean meats or healthy fats will help you body turn food into fuel, helping to keep you warm as the mercury drops!
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Oh, and don’t worry. When the drink of choice turns to the peppermint mocha– we’ll find some excuse to justify the frivolous treat!

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