Health Benefits of Squash

Health Benefits of Squash

Squash is a signature fall and winter food.  Some winter squash varieties range from acorn and butternut to spaghetti, hubbards and turbans which are tasty and healthy too.

Did you know that squash is a superfood? It’s a gourd full of goodness!!

  1. Prepare your achy joints for winter by boosting up on the anti-inflammatory properties found in acorn, butternut and spaghetti squash. It won’t cure your arthritis, but the antioxidants can help alleviate some of the symptoms.
  2. A serving of butternut squash has thirty-five percent of the recommended daily value of vitamin C, an essential nutrient that has been shown to significantly reduce the risk of heart attacks.
  3. There are lots of fun things to do indoors during winter besides baking pumpkin pies. If you are pregnant, or planning on becoming pregnant, eating folate rich foods such as that dreamy pumpkin pie can help prevent serious birth defects.
  4. The cold air outside mixing with the heat inside causes dry, itchy skin, dandruff and eczema. The good news is that bright winter squash colors means they’re loaded with large amounts of beta-carotene, a super skin food. Squash are also a great source of omega 3 fatty acids, which improve skin as well. You can make a great tonifying winter facemask with your pumpkin and squash innards too!
  5. Cancer cant grow if it cant oxidize. Thats why the big deal about antioxidant rich foods is well supported by lots of scientific research. Beta-carotene found in squash is especially important in preventing colon cancer, which is the perfect segue to my favorite subject….
  6. The creamy texture of pumpkin and other squash may appear to be roughage free, but a ½ cup serving has over 3 grams of fiber! Regular, healthy bowel movements improve your skin, help eliminate toxins and inflammation, and are especially important if you have a baby on the way!

NOVEMBER 1, 2010 by JILL ETTINGER  

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