Pumpkins or Winter Squash are believed to have originated in North America, where they are traditionally eaten in the fall and at Thanksgiving.
Pumpkins provide us with lutein, along with both alpha and beta carotene which give them the distinctive red-orange color.
This beta carotene helps generate Vitamin A in our bodies, helping us to have healthy skin, prevent night blindness and also to protect against some cancers and other diseases.
It may also assist in keeping our blood sugar in balance, a very useful bonus if you suffer from both Celiac disease and diabetes.
Pumpkin seeds are a good source of protein, zinc and magnesium. They are also believed to help lower cholesterol.
Often covered in a white husk, the seeds are a popular snack both raw and cooked. It takes some willpower to refuse the offer of roasted pumpkin seeds at Halloween!