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Health Benefits of Pumpkin

Pumpkins belong to the Cucurbitaceae family and it is a type of Winter Squash, although it can be eaten all year round. They are usually round and vibrant orange in colour, with a slightly ribbed, tough and smooth outer skin. Sadly, due to media advertising, pumpkins are normally popular only around Thanksgiving and Halloween.       Whilst commonly viewed as a vegetable, pumpkins are scientifically a fruit, as it contains seeds. That said, it is nutritionally more similar to vegetables than fruits.   When cooked, the whole pumpkin including the seeds, pulp and skin are edible. It is a great source of potassium and beta-carotene, which is a carotenoid that converts to vitamin A. It also contains some minerals including calcium and magnesium, as well as vitamins C, E and some B...