I've read many times on here that pumpkin isn't low-carb. With 5g of carbs for every 100g of pumpkin, I find that hard to believe. So, am I thinking wrong?
Nutrition data for pumpkin : data.
People say pumpkin is not low carb because they are fooling themselves.
Pumpkin is only bad if you chow down 100 lbs in one sitting. I don't think you'll be doing that anytime soon, right?
Enjoy pumpkin. It's one of the best plant foods in the world. Add it to a smoothie with coconut milk, cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice along with frozen banana or berries. Yum!
Or, roast it and enjoy it with some butter.
DON'T NOT EAT PUMPKIN IF YOU LIKE IT!
Pumpkin is the lowest carb squash, which is why it doesn't taste as yummy as other squash, imho. Some people find any squash, even the humble little pumpkin to be too carb rich, but unless you're going for vlc or zc, pumpkin should be just fine for you.
Hmmm I think it depends on the portion size and what you eat it with. I follow a moderate carb diet based on the book The Insulin Resistance Diet (but with more fat), which states that each meal can consist with a maximum of 30 grams of carbs, and HAS to be balanced by a minimum of 14 grams of protein.
A cup of pumpkin is only 12 grams of carbs. Just be careful with other possible sources of carbs that might be added depending on how you cook it.
In my opinion you get more bang for your buck with pumpkin bc the grams of carb in a cup of pumpkin is much lower than that in a cup of rice.
So I say enjoy it. Btw I also want to recommend the site calorieking.com for nutrition info. I like them :D
Sorry for any typos, wrote this via my android
Probably because a lot of LCers keep daily carbs in a vey low range like 10-20 grams. So for those people if they were to have a few big scoops of pumpkin they'd be maxing out.
I'm not advocating LC, overall calories matter more in my view, but I'd say that's why LC folk don't go in for the mighty pumpkin. I love the stuff.
Pumpkin is fine for diets with a straight carb count, but not on the ultra low carb plans like Bernstein and Rosedale. Canned pumpkin also has a very high glycemic index. I have not found pumpkin to be a problem as these docs indicate. Then again, I would never eat the canned stuff, and my own home-cooked version is probably underdone by comparison.
I googled pumpkin carbs because I made a batch of pumpkin soup with celery, carrot and onion and it sent my blood sugar up to 9.5. I'm diabetic and I was wondering why VEGETABLE SOUP would do this? I thought vegetable soup would be a safe option. Maybe I need to add protein like lentils or split peas to balance out the carbs.
I found this string while trying to demonstrate a point to a client of mine. I'm surprised by the number of people with similar misconceptions. Pumpkin is low carb and you do arrive at that measurement by comparing the carbs to the weight of the food. Of course this is how one determines if an item is high carb with any kind of accuracy. It's a relative label and a useful one.
The mistaken perception, I believe, comes from the way we generally eat pumpkin and other winter squash: in pies, covered in butter and brown sugar, etc. We think of it being sweet and therefore sugary... and therefore high carb. However, the pumpkin isn't the culprit in those high carb dishes.
I make a LOT of paleo-ish pumpkin bread for my clients (added protein powders aren't paleo). Per piece each slice ends up at about 6g carbs and 1g sugar. Like I said - I found this while trying to show a client the ratios in pumpkin.
If you go to the nutritiondata website, and use Nutrient Tools to find calories per 100 grams in vegetables, pumpkin shows up first on page 5 or 6. Half the calories of sweet potato, and both excellent foods. About 500 calories per kilo, comparable to cabbage or kale. Potato is about 700.