Squash has a reputation for fiber. Eating squash is particularly satisfying, because the bulk fills you up, allowing you to forgo second helpings.
Because squash is actually the fruit of various members of the gourd family, it comes in a wide array of colors and sizes. Whether it's tasty summer squash or sweet, flavorful winter squash, this vegetable is a great help for your healthy diet.
Squash comes in many different types because it's a member of the gourd family.
Health Benefits of Summer Squash
Summer squash contains vitamin C as well as beta-carotene, folate, and fiber. These nutrients make summer squash a tool in preventing cancers, heart disease, and diseases of inflammation such as arthritis and asthma.
Whether you're trying to lose weight or just adopt a healthier eating program, summer squash's rich fiber content can help you get full faster -- and give you many of the nutrients you need.
Nutritional Values of Summer Squash
Serving size: 1/2 cup, cooked
|| 0 g|
|| <1 g|
|Cholesterol|| 0 mg|
|Carbohydrate|| 4 g|
|Protein|| 1 g|
|| 1 g|
|Sodium|| 1 mg|
|Niacin|| <1 mg|
|Potassium||173 mg |
|Carotenoids|| 2,138 micrograms|
Want more information about summer squash? Try:
- Vegetable Recipes: Quick guides to delicious meals using squash.
- Nutrition: Find out if eating squash fits in with your overall nutrition goals.
- Vegetable Gardens: Grow a full harvest of great vegetables this year.
- Gardening: We answer your questions about all things that come from the garden.