Pumpkins and squash blamed for women's hair loss

The moral of the story is don’t eat bitter vegetables

The humble pumpkin and the seemingly innocuous squash may have a more sinister side, according to a French researcher who says both can cause significant hair loss.


Writing in JAMA, Dr Philippe Assouly cites a couple of case studies that he says leave little doubt the vegetables caused two women to lose their hair.

Both women had food poisoning after eating either bitter pumpkin soup or bitter squash and also had their hair fall out one to three weeks later. 

He says cucurbitacin - a toxic, bitter-tasting substance usually present in wild pumpkin, squash and zucchini -