Pumpkins are an excellent source of
The distinctive bright orange color of pumpkin clearly indicates that it's an excellent source of that all-important antioxidant beta-carotene. Research shows that people who eat a diet rich in beta-carotene are less likely to develop certain cancers than those who fail to include beta-carotene-rich foods in their diet. Pumpkin also has another carotenoid, beta-cryptoxanthin, which may decrease the risk of lung cancer in smokers.
Nutritional Value of Pumpkins
Serving Size: 1/2 cup, mashed, cooked
|Saturated Fat||0 g|
|Dietary Fiber||1 g|
|Vitamin A||6,115 IU|
|Vitamin C||6 mg|
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