Nutrition Q Pumpkins

Pumpkins are good for more than just carving up on Halloween. They can be tasty and nutritious. OK, maybe not after sitting out on your porch for a week, but you get the point.

Take our non-spooky quiz:

1. How many fewer calories does a cup of boiled pumpkin, without salt, contain compared with a similar amount of boiled carrots?

a) None; same amount

b) 6


c) 17

2. Which of the following contains the highest percentage of fiber per cup?

a) Carrots

b) Butternut squash

c) Pumpkins

3. Which of the following contains the most beta-carotene, which is converted in the body to vitamin A?

a) Pumpkins

b) Carrot juice


c) Sweet potatoes

4. What was the total production of pumpkins by major pumpkin-producing states in 2008?

a) 3.7 million pounds

b) 1.1 billion pounds

c) 1 trillion pounds

5. Officially, pumpkins are classified as what?

a) Squashes

b) Gourds


c) Legumes

6. Which U.S. city claims to be the pumpkin capital of the world?

a) Athens, Ga.

b) Ithaca, N.Y.

c) Morton, Ill.

ANSWERS: 1: b; 2: c (pumpkins, 11 percent; carrots, 9 percent; squash, 0 percent); 3: b (carrot juice, 22 milligrams; pumpkins, 17 mg; sweet potatoes, 13.1); 4: b; 5: a; 6: c


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