Can I substitute meat from fresh pumpkin for canned pumpkin?

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Peggy Woodward, RD

DEAR PEGGY: Can I substitute meat from fresh pumpkin for canned pumpkin? —C.A., Plymouth, Minnesota

You bet! You can substitute baked pumpkin meat for canned pumpkin cup for cup. Just be sure to use the small, sweet pie pumpkins meant for eating, not the large pumpkins used for carving. Pumpkin is an excellent source of Vitamin A and a good source of Vitamins C and E, as well as potassium and riboflavin, so you can feel good about eating it.