Pumpkins are popular as Halloween décor, but they are also a superfood loaded with antioxidants…

According to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, pumpkins are rated as a powerhouse vegetable.

“The orange flesh of pumpkin contains the antioxidant beta carotene, a precursor to vitamin A, which supports eye health,” says Emily Melby, R.D.N., of Allergy Associates of La Crosse.

They are also full of fibre and low in calories. Thanks to the fibre content, eating pumpkin will help keep you full for longer.

“A pumpkin is packed with nearly 20% of the recommended daily amount of vitamin C, which may help one recover from colds faster,” says Carol Aguirre, nutritionist and dietitian at Nutrition Connections.

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The flesh is incredibly versatile in the kitchen, able to add sweetness to desserts or a savoury touch to soup and pastas.

And let’s not forget the seeds, which studies have shown to reduce ‘bad’ cholesterol.

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