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What To Do With A Whole Pumpkin

Pumpkins are inextricably linked to the autumn season – but these lovely winter squashes can definitely pull their weight in the kitchen beyond pumpkin pie or decorations throughout the fall and winter. If you’ve always found pumpkins unwieldy and difficult to use, this guide for what to do with a whole pumpkin will help!

Health Benefits of Pumpkins

As a card-carrying member of the winter squash family, pumpkin is a wonderful source of anti-inflammatory and immune-supportive nutrients like Vitamins A and C, as well as zinc. It also has anti-oxidants and omega-3 fats, plus it’s been studied for its anti-diabetic and anti-cancer properties.

The flesh is rich in fibre, an important nutrient for good digestion, blood sugar balance and cardiovascular health, while the seeds are high in an array of minerals like energy-boosting iron, zinc, plus manganese and copper to support bone production and prevent free radical damage. The seeds are also a good source of protein.

Why Not Use Canned Purée?

There may be times when canned pumpkin is the simple and convenient choice. However, there are a few things to keep in mind when choosing canned pumpkins:

Pumpkin pie purée vs pumpkin purée: Be careful when buying canned versions to ensure you are getting the one you want. Pumpkin pie purée or mix is typically sweetened and has additional spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger.
Bisphenol A: Most canned goods are lined with bisphenol A, a chemical that disrupts the endocrine system and is associated with infertility, hormone-related metabolic disorders, and cancer.
What are you getting? Aside from chemicals, preservatives or additives that may be in the canned stuff, the US cans that say ‘100% pumpkin’ may also contain other varieties of squash. This is to help make the canned purée more thick and starchy in consistency, as sometimes pumpkins can be stringy. While we’re absolutely down with winter squash, it’s good to know exactly what we’re getting whenever we are buying or eating something! When you cook a pumpkin, you know for sure that what you’re getting…..

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