6 amazing health benefits of Butternut Squash

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"The apple of Gods" according to American natives

“The apple of Gods” according to American natives

Dear readers: I’d like to share with you 6 amazing health benefits of Butternut Squash, my latest discovery on my quest for delicious healthy foods. It didn’t seem appealing or eye catching and I remember my grandpa used to dry it up to make a ladle out of it but I’ve never tried it until recently. So, here is my list:

Benefit 1 – Vitamin A and Beta carotene:

Squash is literally loaded with vitamin A – 1 cup of cooked squash has over 400% of the recommended daily allowance (RDA) – Vitamin A is important for our vision, bone health, cell function, reproduction and the immune system. ~One note here: Vitamin A is not water soluble, which means that its excess it is not easily removed from our body so do not overindulge in this treat – perhaps not more than once a week.

The squash’s orange color means it is high in beta carotene, an antioxidant relevant for vision health and possible reduction of breast cancer risk.

Benefit 2 – Fiber:

Squash is a very good source of fiber – one cup of cooked or baked squash has almost 7 g of fiber! Fiber is important for healthy digestion, cholesterol regulation and weight management.

Benefit 3 – Potassium:

It has more potassium than a banana with over 550 mg and potassium is important for the heart health and it participates in fluid and mineral regulation.

Benefit 4 – Zero fat and sodium:

It has zero fat and cholesterol and it is sodium free, which is all good news for your heart, blood pressure and kidneys.

Benefit 5 – Vitamins

Squash comes with some important vitamins too.

It contains vitamins C, E and parts of the B complex (niacin, B6, thiamin and folate)

Benefit 6 – low calories:

And last but not the least, it has only 82 calories per serving and it’s very filling, keeping you fool for long. I know it, it’s my newly discovered favourite food and it could be yours too.

Yours in health,

Dr. Mo