Summer Squash

Health Benefits of Summer Squash

For dieters and health enthusiasts alike, squash is a great addition to a healthy eating program.

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
Calories 18
0 g
Saturated Fat
<1 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Carbohydrate 4 g
Protein 1 g
Dietary Fiber
1 g
Sodium 1 mg
Niacin <1 mg
24 mg
Potassium 173 mg
Carotenoids 2,138 micrograms

Want more information about summer squash? Try:
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