The pumpkin is a member of the Cucurbitaceous family and consists of two types: “Pepo” (small varieties) and “maxima” (giant varieties).

 

Typically, pumpkins are sweet in taste, orange in colour and weigh approximately 10 kilograms.

 

The centre of a pumpkin is hollow, containing a plethora of white seeds which are attached to a pulpy substance.

 

 

Health Benefits

 

  • Provides an abundance of vitamins C and E (tocopherol), which combine to help the body fight infections and improve skin conditions. (1)

 

  • Provides generous doses of potassium used for controlling the heart rate and lowering blood pressure in the body. (2)

 

  • Supplies good levels of iron and copper which help to increase the amount of oxygen delivered to the body and prevents the onset of anaemia. (3)

 

  • A good source of manganese which is a cofactor with the antioxidant superoxide dismutase that helps eradicate harmful free radicals that cause cellular damage. (4)

 

  • The bright orange colour is carotene and indicates the beneficial phytonutrient of the pumpkin which converts to vitamin A in the body and provides powerful antioxidants which prevent heart disease, cancer and promote vision. (5)

 

  • The seeds of pumpkins are a concentrated source of minerals and vitamins, particularly protein where 100 grams provides the body with 30 grams of protein, 110% of the daily value in iron and zero cholesterol. (6)

 

  • The seeds contain the amino acid tryptophan, which is a precursor to serotonin, making it a vital phytonutrient which relaxes the body, calms the nerves, improves mood, sleep and synthesises neurons. (7)

 

Pumpkin Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 100 grams, raw

  Amt. Per 
Serving
% Daily 
Value*
Calories 26
Calories from Fat 1
Total Fat 0 g 0%
Saturated Fat 0 g 1%
Trans Fat
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 1 mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 6 g 2%
Dietary Fibre 0 g 2%
Sugar 1 g
Protein 1 g
Vitamin A 148% Vitamin C 15%
Calcium 2% Iron 4%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie intake.

 

 

 

 

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