Indian summer vegetable - PUMPKIN (KADDU)
Pumpkin is a storehouse of many anti-oxidant vitamins such as vitamin-A, vitamin-C and vitamin-E and also has flavonoid poly-phenolic antioxidants like leutin, xanthins and carotenes. Research shows that people who eat a diet rich in ANTIOXIDANTS are less likely to develop certain cancers.
Pumpkin is said to be cooling, diuretic and is good for curing improper digestion and eliminating intestinal worms from the digestive system. Pumpkin contains potassium and fiber. It also controls blood pressure and sugar. It helps in curing skin diseases. It is thought to regulate blood sugar levels and help stimulate the pancreas — thus diabetics are advised to eat pumpkin.