Can you eat pumpkin out of the can without cooking it?

In this brief blog, we are going to answer the question, “Can you eat pumpkin out of the can without cooking it?” We will also look at the Nutritional composition of pumpkin and some health benefits of canned pumpkin. We will also briefly look at some fun ways to use pumpkin.

Can you consume pumpkin out of the can without cooking it?

Yes, you can consume pumpkin straight out of the can. Pumpkin in a can is not raw, it is usually cooked and pureed for canning hence can be eaten straight from the can. Pumpkins are plump, nutritious orange vegetables that are extremely nutrients dense.

What is the Nutritional composition of pumpkin?

According to the United States Department of Agriculture’s FoodData Central database, A sample of 245 grams which is equivalent to one cup of boiled, cooked or drained pumpkin, without salt, has about:

  • 1.75 g of protein
  • 2.7 g of fiber
  • 49 calories (kcal)
  • 0.17 g of fat
  • 12 g of carbohydrate
  • No cholesterol

What health benefits does canned pumpkin have?

Good eyesight and Improved Immunity

Pumpkins are an excellent source of beta-carotene. This is usually converted by our bodies  into vitamin A, which is good for our eyes and boosts the immune system. A one cup serving of canned pumpkin has 250% of our RDI of Vitamin A.

Weight Loss

Pumpkins are rich in fiber, which is important in digestion and bowel movements. Fiber slows the rate of digestion and provides satiety.There’s about 7 grams of fiber in one cup of canned pumpkin which is a good amount of fiber.

Although pumpkin is filling, it also  has low-calories. Canned pumpkin also has a high water content of about 90% so it’s good for hydration, it has fewer than 50 calories per serving.

It smooths out your skin

Pumpkin contains β-carotene which is a good skin care ingredient and can help repair skin tissues. It may also protect your skin against UV radiation and reduce any skin inflammation you may have. 

If you eat sufficient amounts of beta-carotene, you’ll have healthier and smoother skin. A half cup of canned pumpkin provides you 380% of your RDI  of vitamin A.

It helps with treating Diabetes

Research has shown pumpkin to lower blood glucose levels, improve glucose tolerance and increase the amount of insulin produced by the body. 

May lower your risk of getting cancer

Cancer is a serious disease which involves the abnormal growth of cells. Cancer cells usually produce free radicals to assist them grow abnormally. Pumpkins have high amounts of  carotenoids.

Carotenoids are compounds that usually function as antioxidants and can reduce the risk of some cancers. They do this by neutralizing free radicals.

What are some ways to use canned pumpkin?

Let’s take a look at some creative ways you can enjoy your pumpkin while also reaping some good nutritional benefits. You can:

Breakfast it 

The numerous ways that pumpkin can blend into your smoothie are unimaginable. Pumpkin can easily be mixed into your favorite hot cereal with a good consistency. 

Pumpkin can be mixed into hot cereal for morning breakfast. You can as well throw a spoonful of pumpkin into your milk and heat it up before pouring it in.

Fat-replace it

Did you know that you can use pumpkin in place of butter or oil? Now you know. You can try your pumpkin in corn bread, chocolate cake, and bran muffins. You’ll reap all the health benefits not mentioning the pop of flavors!

Mask it 

If you are into skin care, pumpkin puree will help soothe and nourish your skin and leave it with a good glow. You can mix your pumpkin with greek yogurt in equal proportions. 

Pumpkin helps in adding nutrition to the skin, increasing moisture levels and brightening skin tone. Some other additional benefits of pumpkin mask are;

  • It’s a good treatment for people with oily skin.
  • Deeply hydrates and plumps the skin
  • Can be used for treatment of dark spots.
  • Provides antioxidant benefits
  • It delivers beta carotene, amino acids and enzymes to the skin

Freeze it

If you have left over pumpkin make sure to save it for a rainy day. You can place it in an ice cube tray, then, after it freezes, save the cubes in a plastic bag in the freezer. This way, you can actually have smaller portions ready to roll for your next pumpkin recipe.

Other FAQs about Pumpkin that you may be interested in.

Can you freeze a whole pumpkin?

Can you freeze 100 pure pumpkins?

Is it safe for wildlife to eat pumpkins?

Conclusion

In this brief blog, we have answered the question, “Can you eat pumpkin out of the can without cooking it?” We have looked at the Nutritional composition of pumpkin and some health benefits of canned pumpkin. We have also briefly discussed some fun ways to use pumpkin.

Citations

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/pumpkin#TOC_TITLE_HDR_7

Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.