• By Laurel J. Kelly

Consumer Health: The delicious, nutritious pumpkin

October 26, 2018

a close-up of a crowd of pumpkinsPumpkin: Is canned better than fresh? 
Fresh foods generally have a higher nutrient content than cooked or canned foods. But in the case of pumpkin, both fresh and canned are packed with nutrients, such as potassium, vitamin A and iron. From pancakes to soup to pasta sauce to dessert, pumpkin can be a nutritious, delicious addition to your menu. Learn more from Katherine Zeratsky, a Mayo Clinic registered dietitian nutritionist.

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