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URBANREDNEK Posts: 13,578
10/12/19 12:01 P

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A few things to keep in mind:

- All plants will have slightly different nutrient levels depending on where they are grown, current soil conditions, growing season weather, and parent seeds. The USDA listing gives an average of tested items taken from different regions at different times, so is "close enough" for most purposes, but isn't necessarily accurate for your own particular area.

- Processed food nutrition labels are supposed to list tested nutrient amounts in the actual items used (with the understanding that there will still be some variation from item to item). If your local cannery is using pumpkin from a local source that has very rich soils and had a great growing season, then it is quite possible for the pumpkins that they use to be considerably higher in sugars and other nutrients than the USDA average.

- As has been noted, the listings in the Spark and USDA databases for pumpkin show "cooked pumpkin" as being quite a bit lower in calories than "canned pumpkin without salt". The reason for this is that your home-cooked whole pumpkin obviously contains ONLY pumpkin, which is relatively low in sugars --- while canned "pumpkin" is allowed by the USDA to include other winter squash such as butternut or Hubbard, and these are higher in sugars and calories than the various types of actual pumpkin. This article might help:

So - basically, the listings that you are finding on line are not "wrong", but are just not the same thing as what is in the can in your hand. With the significantly higher calorie count on your canned "pumpkin", I would bet that you actually have a blend of more of the sweeter winter squashes and less actual "pumpkin", and that it has been well drained for a lower water content.

The can of E.D. Smith Pure Pumpkin that I have in my hand right now states ingredients as "100% pure Dickinson pumpkin" and is listed on the label as 20 calories per 1/3 cup (equal to 30 calories for 1/2 cup) --- just a bit higher than the USDA average for plain cooked pumpkin (most likely because of the lower water content in the canned puree, as well as Dickinson being one of the higher sugar varietals of pumpkin).

Since there is so much variation in nature, I don't worry about a 10 or 20 calorie differential between my current can and the USDA average, and just calculate my recipes based on the USDA "pumpkin, canned, without salt" and let it work itself out.

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10/12/19 11:55 A

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Most canned “pumpkin” is actually sweet squash, hence the difference.

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10/12/19 7:18 A

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I am just coming in to say the fresh pumpkin is so much tastier. I agree with Kris. You can get pie pumpkins, which are small, and using them to make a pumpkin pie creates something so delicious. It's worth a little extra work.

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10/12/19 5:38 A

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I know this isn't what you asked, but I don't know if NZ sells pumpkin in cans ..... I've never seen it in any supermarket. I eat a lot of pumpkin but buy the whole thing and cook it. It's far more versatile that way and there is very little that beats roasted pumpkin with the skin nicely caramelized emoticon


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10/11/19 4:20 P

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I think that, by volume, canned pumpkin is more caloric than fresh, cooked pumpkin probably due to the density.

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10/11/19 1:28 P

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Like others are saying, there are lots of options available. The can in my pantry says 40 cals per 1/2 cup, which makes it really close to the Pumpkin, canned, without salt option in the Nutrition Tracker that is 83.3 per cup or 41.7 per 1/2 cup.

All you can do is select an entry that is close to what you are actually eating or manually input it yourself.

Enjoy the pumpkin! It is the season.

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10/11/19 1:24 P

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Food labels are not necessarily accurate either....they are allowed to round up or down, and can be up to 20% off from the actual amount.

I use the USDA nutrient database often.

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10/11/19 11:13 A

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Enter the information from your can and use it.

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10/11/19 9:52 A

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The difference may be in what is being listed. In the tracker, I found "Pumpkin, cooked" that said 49 calories per cup. But that is probably if you took a pumpkin, cooked it and used it that way. When you do that, you will see a lot of water/juice in the mixture. The commercial canned stuff is much more concentrated (and more pasty). The "Pumpkin, canned, without salt" shows up as 83 calories which is a lot closer. The Libby's I just looked up said 50 calories per 1/2 cup. Just make sure you are using the right item.


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10/11/19 9:35 A

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Everywhere I look online, including our own SP Nutrition Tracker, says that 1 cup of pumpkin is only 50 calories.

However, every can I have of pumpkin claims it's 50 calories per 1/2 cup, not 1 whole cup.

That's a huge discrepancy and I'm wondering why all the cans say 1/2 cup = 50 as opposed to all the nutritional information online.

They can't all be right - go get a can of pumpkin and tell me what it says please.

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