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 addition to any healthy diet.
A tasty bonus: Winter squash has more nutrients than summer squash.
Health Benefits of Winter Squash
Though all varieties of squash are good nutrition choices, winter varieties tend to be more nutrient-dense. They generally contain much more beta-carotene and more of several B vitamins than summer squash.
Butternut squash's beta-carotene content even rivals that of mangoes and cantaloupe. And that's a boon in the fight against cancer, heart disease, and cataracts.
Serving Size: 1/2 cup, cooked
|Fat||0 g |
|Saturated Fat||0 g|
|Dietary Fiber|| 3 g |
|Sodium|| 4 mg |
||11,434 IU |
||1 mg |
||<1 mg |
||15 mg |
||42 mg |
|Potassium|| 290 mg |
||9,036 micrograms |
Winter squash is as delicious as it is colorful. These hard, tasty squash can fill up your garden -- and your stomach, becoming a healthy addition to your eating plan that you're sure to enjoy.
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