Pumpkin is a fruit within the squash family which is filled with nutrients and minerals and is very high in fiber. 

The pumpkin can be classified as a fruit; however, because of its nutritional content it is classified as a vegetable among food groups.  Pumpkin is a very versatile food that can be made into a variety of dishes including soups, stews, cakes, and confectionaries and can be steamed or paired with other vegetables and meats. This squash is loaded with vitamins A, K, C, B6 and E, antioxidants, potassium, copper and iron and other key Phyto-nutrients needed for a healthy body. 

Pumpkin is also loaded with beta carotene which is a provitamin used to make Vitamin A, an antioxidant and helps to keep the cells healthy. Eating pumpkin regularly can have great effects on the body. Pumpkin can help to boost the immune system and with its rich potassium content, can help to lower blood pressure; it helps improve eyesight and improves digestive health. It can also help to reduce your risk of developing certain types of cancer. 

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