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.
- 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
|Calories from Fat||1|
|Total Fat||0 g||0%|
|Saturated Fat||0 g||1%|
|Total Carbohydrates||6 g||2%|
|Dietary Fibre||0 g||2%|
|Vitamin A 148%||Vitamin C||15%|
*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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