Pumpkins have many aesthetic, artistic, and culinary uses--besides Jack-o-Lanterns, you have your lattes, donuts, cookies, and of course, pies. Oct 21 in National Pumplin Cheescake Day. Your course is clear.
But, of course, you should not get too excited--the food police are all over the orange gourd.
Suzy Weems, PhD, professor of nutrition sciences at Baylor, says yes, pumpkins contain fiber, a good thing.
Also, they harbor zeaxanthin, a weapon against age-related macular degeneration.
Want some phytosterols for your heart--pumpkin seeds.
Magnesium, manganese, copper, phosphorus, protein,zinc, and iron? Pumpkin.
But what about pumpkin candy? It's still candy, Weems says sternly.
The pie? Make sure it has a lot of pumpkin and is not just flavored with it.
Pumpkin in coffee or for breakfast? The latte is calorie-ridden. The doughnuts still have sugar.
Aw--have a piece of pie. You will survive.