Did you know that much of what we know about the nutrient content of UK pumpkins was derived from pumpkins bought from Norwich supermarkets, greengrocers and market stalls in 1985?
Pumpkin flesh is 95% water, and almost free from fats, so very low in calories. The flesh contains some fibre and sugars, plus and a fair amount of carotene, which gives it the orange colour, but small amounts of other vitamins, minerals and bioactive compounds. So the flesh makes an ideal base for soups that fill you up, especially if you include a range of vegetables. Pumpkins seeds, however, have a high fat content which is mainly in the form of mono and polyunsaturated fats.The trend of updating the food nutritional data to reflect changes in diets and consumer behaviour continues to this day, and is still overseen at QIB through its FoodDatabanks group who are funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council. Much of this data is presented in “McCance and Widdowson’s The Composition of Foods” which for over 60 years has been the major reference tool for nutritional information on food in the UK. It is this dataset that forms the nutritional information that is compliant with the food labelling regulations.