Fact check: False claim that pumpkin seeds can treat worms and parasites in the body

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Pumpkin seeds contain chemical compounds called cucurbutin and cucurbitacin, Dr. Amita Gupta, infectious disease specialist at Johns Hopkins Medicine, told USA TODAY in an email.

These compounds are responsible for giving pumpkin seeds a bitter taste and are a plant's defense against being eaten by animals, according to Science Direct.

There is no human clinical trial that has shown that pumpkin seeds are an effective treatment for parasites or worms, Gupta said.