Pumpkin is oblate in shape, with thick
peel and orange flesh. It is rich in beta-carotene, vitamins A and B
and its white seeds are a good source of lecithin.
It is extremely rich in vitamin A which
is essential for good eyesight. A 100 gram portion has 77 times more
than that found in a pear and about 26 times more than in the
It is also rich in vitamin C. A 100 gram
piece of pumpkin contains almost 5 times more than the amount found in
the pear and almost equivalent to that found in the orange.
The pumpkin can also boast of a high
mineral content. For instant, it has twice as much calcium compared to
the pear. It has 4 times more phosphorus compared to the cabbage and
almost 3 times more than the pear. High levels of potassium and sodium
are also found in pumpkin along with ample amounts of vitamins B1 and
B2, protein and iron.
Pumpkin mix with sweet potato is a
perfect substitute for rice as it is good for treating digestive
problems. Eating roasted pumpkin seeds as a snack or taking pumpkin
seed soup before may help to kill parasite. The seeds may also lower
blood pressure. So don't leave out the pumpkin the next time you plan