With Halloween coming around I was curious if good ol pumpkin pie was actually healthy. I went to the local costco and picked up this great pie for a few bucks. It was an office hit and I started to wonder how healthy it was. I know that the orange color probably means its high in beta carotene like carrots but I wasnt sure.
Anybody Know? Ill keep poking around and will update this if i can figure it out.
Registered dietitian Joey Sjostrom says pumpkin is a good source of fiber and vitamin A. Homemade pies are best with canned filling, because not all pumpkins are suitable for baking.
Sjostrom says most of the pumpkins we buy are jack-o-lanterns, and they’re harder to boil or to make into a pie filling. Winter squash or the sweet pumpkins, as they’re called, might be a better variety to make homemade pie filling from.
The fattening ingredients in pumpkin pie, such as eggs and butter, don’t compromise the nutritional value. But if you’re looking for a heart-healthy type of diet to follow, there are some recommendations that you can change.
Use margarine instead of butter, and use egg whites instead of egg yolks. You will still be getting the same benefits whether it’s a regular pumpkin pie filling or the low-fat version.
Because we can buy the pumpkin filling any time of year out of the grocery, it doesn’t have to be this time of season to get the benefits from the pumpkins. You can do it all year long.
Pumpkin pie normally contains eggs and dairy products, so it’s important to keep the pies refrigerated.
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