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Pumpkin skin may scare away germs

As Halloween approaches this weekend, thoughts turn to carving out your pumpkin to scare away ghosts and goblins! However, a new study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry has discovered that the skin of a pumpkin contains a substance that could have an anti-microbial effect. Researchers used an extract of pumpkin rind and compared its effect on the growth of microbes, particularly Candida Albicans – a fungus that causes yeast infections such as thrush, nappy rash and other health problems. This comes as great news as many microbes are becoming resistant to existing antibiotics. What’s more, pumpkin is a great source of vitamins A and B, so when you carve out your pumpkin, don’t forget to use the inside of it in soups, pies and casseroles.

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