I currently follow the Specific Carbohydrate Diet to manage my autoimmune disease. This dietary protocol places strict parameters on the type of carbohydrates allowed, as success on this diet often requires dedicated compliance. There’s no 80-20 rule on SCD.
In Breaking the Vicious Cycle, Elaine stamps a big Illegal label on canned pumpkin. Unfortunately, most brand of canned pumpkin contain undisclosed sugar and starches added during processing. Elaine suggests baking your own pumpkin for pies, muffins, and cookies.
On the lookout for a safe canned pumpkin, I found two options.
Option 1: Farmer’s Market Canned Pumpkin
In a personal email conversation with a Farmer’s Market marketing associate, I was told:
“We do not add anything to our pumpkins. It is 100% pure organic pumpkin. As the farmer and the processor, we are able to oversee our production from seed to smooth puree. We pushed the industry to change and I’m proud to say that a BPA-Free liner is now standard with all of our Farmer’s Market products. Look for cans with an expiration date of August 2013 or later to ensure that you have a BPA-Free can.”
You can often find Farmer’s Market products in natural foods stores. For a steep discount, I always order it from Vitacost.
Option 2: Trader Joe’s Canned Pumpkin
Trader Joe’s adherence to quality and purity makes their store brand products a great choice for those on carefully restricted diet. Again, I emailed Trader Joe’s to make sure their canned pumpkin was SCD legal. A customer service representative wrote back:
“We want to assure you that as a matter of standard, we will always clearly disclose any ingredients contained in our products where other suppliers may not. In other words, if this ingredient (sugar) is not listed in the ingredient panel, any sugar would only be what is naturally occurring and there would be no sugar added to the product.”
Trader Joe’s canned pumpkin is only available in stores seasonally. I am not positive that the cans are BPA free, but I assume so because their (SCD legal).