Pumpkins are high in fibre and low in calories and has an abundance of disease-fighting nutrients. Amera Marian Varghese, clinical dietician, Mediclinic Welcare Hospital, says, ‘Pumpkins are high in lutein and zeaxanthin that help prevent formation of cataracts and reduce the risk of macular degeneration.

‘They are also high in beta-carotene that reduces certain cancers, delays ageing and protects against heart diseases. A 2015 study in Japan found that diets high in carotenoids – pigments found in fruit and vegetables that give them their orange, yellow and green colours — may help prevent development of metabolic syndrome.’

Varghese recommends incorporating pumpkin in the diet in ways such as smoothie, soups, hummus or even as pumpkin pancakes, muffins and cakes.