We are pumped to share one of our fave stories from Shape here on FitSugar.
We are pumped to share one of our fave stories from Shape here on FitSugar. This week Shape turns to dietitian Cynthia Sass.
When I saw the New York magazine headline "Pumpkin Is the New Bacon," I have to admit, I rolled my eyes and thought, “Really?” But after reading the article, I get it. Pumpkin is popping up in dishes across the country.
One research firm noted a 38 percent jump in "pumpkin presence" on menus since 2010, and another discovered a whopping 400 percent increase in pumpkin drinks in the past five years. Sometimes it shows up in unexpected ways, like pumpkin tacos. But too often, it's folded into decadent dishes such as pumpkin fritters.
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On its own, roasted pumpkin, and even unsweetened pumpkin puree, are nutritional all-stars, loaded with immune-boosting vitamin A and filling fiber. And it's relatively low in calories — one cup mashed clocks in at less than 50.
But when it's wrapped in layers of butter, refined carbs, and sugar, or simply a flavoring rather than the real deal, the benefits are pretty much null and void, and the calories rack up fast. Here are five of the worst offenders, with the three most egregious nutrition facts for each:
Panera Bread Pumpkin Bagel
Carbs: 74 g
Sugar: 24 g
See the nutritional stats of other pumpkin treats after the break