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Do Pumpkins Provide Beta-Carotene and Vitamin A?

 

Q. Does pumpkin supply beta-carotene which is converted to Vitamin A in the body, or is actual Vitamin A found in pumpkin?
 
A. Pumpkins are an excellent source of vitamin A and beta-carotene. A ¾-cup serving provides 130% of the daily value of vitamin A. The orange color of pumpkins lets you know they are loaded with beta-carotene, a phytonutrient the body converts into vitamin A, further boosting vitamin A levels.
 
Vitamin A is essential for eye health and, in conjunction with vitamin C (a good source in pumpkins), improves immunity to fight infections. Beta-carotene may reduce the risk of developing certain cancers, provide protection against heart disease and slow the aging process.  Add some pumpkin to your meals with these fun pumpkin recipes.
  
 

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