Do you peel your pumpkins and squashes? Apart from being a major hassle to do, we are also unknowingly peeling away most of the goodness. The skin actually contains far more antioxidants than the flesh and it enhances the sweet flavour too so it’s a win win! You can actually get 5 times more of the protective nutrients (carotenes) from a squash by simply leaving the peel on – and save yourself a lot of hassle. But be aware that many of the beneficial nutrients in squash are water-soluble so avoid boiling and steaming and opt for roasting instead.