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Adding Pumpkin Flavor Doesn’t Make Doughnuts A Health Food

October 30, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
Pumpkin-flavored treats and foods containing pumpkin – pies, breads, etc. – pop up frequently at this time of the year. Pumpkin has some healthful properties but not everything flavored with pumpkin is good for you, except in moderation. Pumpkin itself is rich in fiber and low in cholesterol It also contains vitamin A, phytosterols, magnesium, manganese, copper, phosphorus, protein, zinc and iron. But pumpkin snacks and desserts, not to mention the lattes and coffees, offer none of the benefits of pumpkins, and may contain a lot of salt, fat and sugar.
Suzy Weems, "Pumpkin foods may not live up to healthy reputation", News release, Baylor University, October 30, 2015, © Baylor University
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