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    Old 03-09-2010, 07:27 AM   #1
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    Nutritional Pumpkin substitute

    I eat pumpkin (canned 100% pure) every week it is a great source of fiber and many vitamins. However, there is currently a shortage of pumpkin in the US and I am told I will not be able to find any until next fall when the next crop comes in.

    I am looking for a nutritional equivalent to substitute. Here are pumpkin stats

    Serving size: 120g
    Calories 50
    Fat 0g
    Cholesterol 0mg
    Sodium 0mg
    Total Carb 10g
    dietary fiber 4g
    Sugers 4g
    Protien 1g
    Vitamin A 280%
    Vitamin C 2%
    Calcium 4%
    Iron 6%

    Any suggestions would be appreciated.

    Thanks in advance

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    Re: Nutritional Pumpkin substitute

    I don't know about the nutritional equivalence but butternut squash is considered a substitute for pumpkin in recipes.

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    Re: Nutritional Pumpkin substitute


    As Titchou says, there are other forms of squash (especially winter squash) which will give similar nutrition. They are normally purchased fresh, but they are easy to cook and store in the refrigerator for a few days or in the freezer for several months.

    Another possibility is to look at sweet potato or yam. These are root vegetables with a higher starch content and thus a higher calorie content. They also have a high Beta Carotene (plant version of Vitamin A) content and lots of fiber. They cook up to a similar consistency as canned pumpkin, so can be used in similar recipes. You might be able to find some in canned form.

    While you're waiting for the new crop of pumpkin to come in, you might want to consider that carrots can be cooked in lots of ways, including being grated into soups, stews, stir fries, etc. Carrots are high in fiber and Beta Carotene and low in calories.


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