Health Benefits of Squash

I don't know about you, but Autumn is the time I usually break out the squash-themed foods. Pumpkin muffins, spaghetti squash with meatballs, butternut squash soup, roasted acorn squash with brown sugar and butter, etc. The list is endless and absolutely delicious!

Other than the fact that squash is delicious in various forms, squash also has wonderful health benefits. Some of the best squashes you can eat are zucchini, pumpkins, Hubbard, acorn, summer, winter, and butternut.

Squash is rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin B6, niacin, thiamin, pantothenic acid, folate, magnesium, potassium, manganese, copper, phosphorus, calcium, and iron.

As you know, all of these wonderful vitamins are great for boosting immunity. They work to neutralize free radicals which contribute to various illnesses and diseases as well as premature aging. Winter squash, in particular, can help lower cancer risk.

The B-vitamins help regulate metabolism and certain types of squash contain fiber that helps with blood sugar regulation. Squash contains anti-inflammatory properties that can help with symptoms of arthritis, gout, asthma, and aids in ulcer reduction.

Potassium and magnesium in squash protects the heart and lowers the susceptibility to cardiovascular diseases. Iron and copper help build healthy red blood cells, reducing your chances of developing anemia. Vitamin A is excellent for eye health. Squash contains over 400% of your daily vitamin A requirements!

It really is incredible how power-packed these beautiful fruits are.

What is your favorite squash?

What is your favorite way to eat squash?

Until next time,