Pumpkin: How Much Vitamin K?

The good news is I found some nutritional data on the vitamin K content in pumpkins.  The bad news is that it’s not specific – there’s no knowing currently the vitamin K content of a sugar pumpkin is different from a Blue Hubbard, Butternut Squash, cheese pumpkin, Jarrahdale, Kabocha…  you get the idea.  Canned pumpkin could be any combination of, along with preservatives and whatever else.

According to this link:

  • 1 ounce/28 grams of “pumpkin” contains 0.3 mcg of vitamin K – 0% Daily Value (DV)
  • 3.5 ounces/100 grams of “pumpkin” contains 1.1 mcg of vitamin K – 1% DV
  • 1 cup/116 grams of “pumpkin” contains 1.3 mcg of vitamin K – 2% DV

If you’re making your own pumpkin puree for things like pie, cheesecake, curry, bread…  You’re pretty safe.  But remember that even low dose will add up if you eat seconds/thirds/etc.

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I’ve never had an energy drink.  Closest thing would be a Gu gel…

The specific mention about long term ginseng use is interesting with the mention about impact to blood thinners.  Ginger is a low dose of vitamin K, ginseng is entirely different.

Nutella/Chocolate-flavoured Hazelnut Spread: How Much Vitamin K?

This came to my attention when the food tent at my recent triathlon served Nutella on bagels.  It tasted really good for recovery food, so I had to look into it.

There is vitamin K in Nutella:

  • In 100 grams/3.5 ounces of Nutella, there is 1.9 mcg of vitamin K – 2% of the Daily Value (DV)
  • 37 grams/2 tablespoons of Nutella, there’s 0.7 mcg of vitamin K – 1% DV
  • 28 grams/1 ounce of Nutella, there’s 0.5 mcg of vitamin K – 1% DV

From what I understand, the smallest Nutella container is 200 grams – 4% DV if you consume it all within a day.  That’s not a cause for concern, but it’s worth exercising caution if you really like binging occasionally.

I don’t remember liking the taste, but nutritionally speaking – I’d prefer vegemite/marmite (vitamin K info).  Vegemite/marmite are both also vegan, when you have to make your own choco-hazelnut spread to get vegan.