Pumpkin Foods May Not Live Up to Healthy ReputationOct. 13, 2015
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WACO, Texas (Oct. 12, 2015) -- Pumpkin products proliferate this time of year — and not just for traditional pies and breads, but for whimsical goodies that may not live up to the pumpkin’s healthy reputation.
Appealing to palates are pumpkin donuts, pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin latte – even chocolate pumpkin candy.
“If you believe the sales pitch, the pumpkin is the happiest, healthiest food ever,” said Suzy Weems, Ph.D., registered dietitian and professor of nutrition sciences in Baylor University’s College of Health and Human Sciences.
But a balancing act is important, Weems said.
Pumpkins and the down side:
Pumpkin is "delightful -- but it's not a magic bullet," Weems cautioned. "Take a look at the total calories: If you have diabetes, you look at the sugar and total carbohydrates; if you have cardiovascular disease, look at the fat. Always be sure to read the container or the wrapper."
Suzy Weems has professional experience in wellness, weight management, diabetes care, eating disorders, cardiovascular health and sports dietetics. Her experience in sports nutrition has ranged from athletes at the pediatric level to those at NCAA Division I premiere teams to improve player performance. She is a consulting dietician for hospitals and extended-care facilities across Texas, as well as a former chair of the American Dietetic Association's legislative and public policy committee and a past president of the Texas Dietetic Association.
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