6 pumpkin foods to stay away from right now - don't eat this

6 pumpkin foods to stay away from right now – don’t eat this

This is the season for pumpkins, warm sweaters, and foliage. Grab a pumpkin spice latte and enjoy a breath of fresh fall air.

Grocery store shelves are filled with everything from pumpkin roaster pastries to pumpkin ice cream. While squash has good nutritional value, being a vegetable, these foods are often delicious. Some are worse than others.

we consulted Emily Favora registered dietitian with Long Island Jewish Forest Hills, part of Northwell Health in New York, and Dr. Anneli Vogt von Hesselholt, DCN, RD, CSOFounder Nutritionist dOn the worst pumpkin foods to avoid.

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Courtesy of Walmart

Per 1/10 pack160 calories, 2 g fat (1 g saturated), 340 mg sodium, 35 g carbs (1 g fiber, 18 g sugar), 2 g protein

This fall baking hack definitely looks good, but you may want to avoid pre-mixed cake mixes. Feivor points out that one serving contains more than a tablespoon of sugar, has little fiber, and is high in sodium. This does not include the other ingredients you need to add to make the cake (oil and eggs). With these ingredients combined, she explains, “the saturated fat jumps to 16% of the total daily value!”

Another worrying factor? Although the Nutrition Facts don’t state “trans fats,” this product actually contains partially hydrogenated oils, notes Feoivor, which are trans fats that raise our bad cholesterol and risk heart health.

Vogt agrees, adding that it “contains a number of processed ingredients such as partially hydrogenated oils, monopropylene glycol, mono and di-fats, artificial flavor, sodium stearate, polysorbate 60, yellow 5, red 40, and TBHQ.”

She explained that while the Food and Drug Administration considers these ingredients to be safe, “long-term use can be harmful to your health.”

pumpkin pop pies
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For every 2 pastries380 calories, 10 g fat (3 g saturated), 340 mg sodium, 68 g carbs (1 g fiber, 27 g sugar), 4 g protein

Pop-Tarts are convenient and easy to prepare, but the ingredients are worrying. Two pumpkin pie pastries contain roughly two tablespoons of sugar, as well as a ton of salt and saturated fat, Favor says.

“This is another highly processed product that is high in calories, sodium, total carbs, added sugars, and low in fiber,” Vogt says.

Take a closer look at the ingredient list. “According to the ingredient list, sugar is found in five different types, including corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, sugar, dextrose and molasses,” Vogt notes.

The recommended daily amount of sugar is 6 to 9 teaspoons, according to American Heart Association (AHA). One serving of these Pop-Tarts gets you the max.

But wait there is more. “It also contains synthetic antioxidants like TBHQ, synthetic coloring and processing agents, such as caramel color, yellow 5 and 6, red 40, and blue 1, and bioengineered ingredients,” Vogt explains.

Ben and Jerry's Pumpkin Cheesecake Ice Cream
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Per 2/3 cup350 calories, 20 g fat (10 g saturated fat, 0.5 g trans fat), 80 mg cholesterol, 190 mg sodium, 40 g carbs (0 g fiber, 34 g sugar), 5 g protein

Ben & Jerry’s Pumpkin Cheesecake Ice Cream is basically a pint of sugar. Feivor notes that this pint contains about 2.5 tablespoons of sugar in one serving – the label says there are 3 servings in this one pint. Plus, “With just one serving size, 50% of the recommended saturated fat allowance for the day is met. There’s no big surprise since cream is the number one ingredient. Now think about how easy it is to finish the container; one could be consuming more than half a cup of sugar and 30 grams of saturated fat (150% of the recommended daily value),” Favor explains.

Vogt agrees, pointing to the ridiculous amount of sugar, adding that it contains 27% of the DV for cholesterol and 97% of the DV for added sugars, according to the American Heart Association.

“Compared to frozen yogurt, it provides twice the calories and added sugars, six times the amount of total fat, fixes cholesterol, and four times the amount of saturated fat,” Vogt adds.

Nature's Path Frosted Pumpkin Pie Flavored Roasted Pastry
Courtesy of Target

For every 2 pastries400 calories, 8 g fat (4 g saturated), 250 mg sodium, 76 g carbs (2 g fiber, 36 g sugar), 6 g protein

Nature’s Path toaster pastries provide a good lesson in how some labels cheat. As Vogt points out, it’s “an organic product marketed as a natural, healthy food.” The packaging also states that there are no artificial flavors or colors, but is it healthy?

Don’t let the ‘organic’ label fool you because this ‘organic’ version of the popular traditional contender contains 9 grams of sugar! Favor warns.

“Because they’re high in calories, fat, sodium, carbs, added sugars, and low in fiber, you should think twice before eating one,” Vogt advises. She also notes that a single serving provides you with 400 calories, 20% of the DV for saturated fat, 11% of the DV for sodium, 28% of the DV for carbohydrates, and more than 100% of the recommended value for carbohydrates. added sugars.

Today's favorite pumpkin muffin sandwich cheesecake
Courtesy of Target

Per 2 cookies170 calories, 8 g fat (4.5 g saturated), 105 mg sodium, 23 g carbs (0 g fiber, 14 g sugar), 1 g protein

Today’s favorite pumpkin cheesecake cake is loaded with sugar and nothing nutritious.

“The first ingredient is sugar, which tells the consumer that the biggest make up of this product is actually added sugar — 26% of our daily value. The food has no fiber and is high in saturated fat, and the third and fourth ingredient is oil,” says Favor.

Special as pumpkin spice cereal
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per 1 cup150 calories, 1.5g fat (1g saturated), 260mg sodium, 34g carbs (3g fiber, 11g sugar), 3g protein

Special K pumpkin kernels may seem like a healthy ingredient because they have added vitamins and minerals, but they’re not worth it. Vogt tells us why.

“This processed product is high in calories, sodium, carbs, and added sugars and is a less than desirable start to the day. It has cheaper types of added fats like processed hydrogenated oils and a variety of added sugars like juices, dextrose, and honey.” molasses, artificial flavorings and preservatives,” Vogt explains.

She adds that cereal alone (not including milk and added sweeteners) provides 11% of the daily value for sodium, 12% of carbohydrates, and 37% of added sugars.

“In comparison, regular oat flakes have no sodium or added sugar and are more fiber and protein and are a much better option. To make this cereal more festive, you can add a dash of spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and allspice ginger,” advises Vogt.

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