However, there are very good reasons our bodies crave the REAL deal: it is chock full of vitamins, digestive enzymes and amino acids, plus a good source of lutein and zeazanthin, which is important for eye and brain health. One serving (1 cup) of pumpkin puree contains 1 calorie, 3 grams of fiber, 1 gram of protein, 245% of your DV of Vitamin A, 19% of your DV of Vitamin C, 8% of your DV or iron and 2.5 mg of lutein/zeazanthin. It is low in Saturated Fat, and very low in Cholesterol and Sodium. It is also a good source of Thiamin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Iron, Magnesium and Phosphorus, and a very good source of Riboflavin, Potassium, Copper and Manganese.
So,bring on the pumpkin, but make sure it's the real stuff not flavored or scented. At Route One Pumpkins, we use real,locally and organically grown sugar pie pumpkin seeds to source our pumpkin oil. They are also rich in zinc. This year, the pumpkins have been dry farmed due to the drought,so they are super rich and concentrated in flavor, absolutely wonderful. we're making our own soups and deserts and freezing puree for the future.
If you buy canned pumpkin,make sure you are actually getting pumpkin. Yes,really. The food industry cheats. A lot. They even label products as made in the USA when they can import the base, process here and then claim it was made here because the FDA allows it when the food has been "substantially transformed." Yikes. But, that is a post for another time!