Butternut squash, Cucurbita moschata, is a type of winter squash which has a sweet nutty taste similar to that of a pumpkin

Health Benefits of Butternut Squash

In the world of nutrition, Butternut squash, Cucurbita moschata, is a type of winter squash which has a sweet nutty taste similar to that of a pumpkin. It has yellow skin, but when ripe it turns deep orange, which in turn makes it sweeter and richer.  also brings a host of health benefits that make it a valuable addition to any diet. From its rich vitamin and mineral content to its potential in preventing chronic diseases, here's a deep dive into the health benefits of butternut squash.

 

Nutrition

  • One cup (100g) of butternut squash has 45 calories,
  • 11.69 g of carbohydrates, 2g of fibre, and 1g of protein.
  • With 25 calories per 1-cup raw serving, butternut
  • squash can easily be added to your plate, without
  • costing you too many calories. If you're trying to
  • control your calorie intake to lose or maintain a healthy
  • weight, veg like butternut make a good choice.

 Butternut squash is an excellent source of vitamin A and vitamin C and has long been recognized as an important food source of carotenoids when it comes to these key antioxidants. Studies have suggested that the carotenoids and other phytonutrients in squash may help inhibit the growth of cancer cells.While butternut squash should not be treated as a high-fat food, it does contain fats, provide valuable addition to a balanced diet for those looking to manage their weight. Its high fiber content also helps promote a feeling of fullness, reducing the likelihood of overeating. including the anti-inflammatory omega-3s. One cup of baked squash will provide you with approximately 340mg of omega-3 fats in the form of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). 

Fun Facts

Butternut squash is one of the world’s longest keeping fruits. If stored and treated properly its shelf life is approximately 3 months! However, once it is opened it should be covered in foil and kept in the fridge.

 

What you can try with butternut squash?

Roasted Butternut squash Soup

Ingredients

  • 200g butternut squash
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • small piece of leeks 

 

Cut  Butternut Squash into slice. Combine, onion, and garlic leeks Add oil and 1 Tbsp salt toss to coat, then roasted in a pan or oven about 5-10min. 

Health Benefits of Butternut Squash

Let cool and Transfer vegetables to blender cup Pour in 3 cups stock or water. blend and puree until smooth. Then Transfer puree to a medium saucepan; heat over medium 3-8 min, Bring soup just to a simmer. Remove from heat, and season with salt and pepper. Cover to keep warm until serving. watch full recipe on YouTube..

 

 

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