Recently, our friends blessed us with a ton of extra squash from their abundant garden. I sautéed a lot of it for dinner, froze some for future meals, and steamed some. As I was working on a picture of it for my recipe blog, I wondered, “What’s so healthy about squash?” I mean, we pick it from our gardens, so it must be pretty healthy. So, what are the health benefits of squash?
Squash is a super-food! Packed with nutrition – vitamins, carotene, and fiber – it is huge in helping fight diseases, great for filling up with (but not out), and provides you with all your vitamins in one helping.
Summer Squash is very helpful in preventing diseases such as cancer, inflammation diseases (like arthritis or asthma), heart disease, and so on… This is because of the vitamin C, Beta-Carotene, Folate, and Fiber that Summer Squash contains. Summer Squash includes all the fruit within the species of Cucurbita pepo. This includes: Delicata Squash, Acorn Squash (one of my favorites!!), Gem Squash, Heart of Gold Squash, Spaghetti Squash, Zucchini, Yellow Summer Squash, and so on….
Like Summer Squash, Winter Squash also is filled with a lot of different health benefits. These include Beta-Carotene that fights Heart Disease, Cancer, Cataracts, Type 2 Diabetes, and also reduces inflammation within the lungs and emphysema. Besides Beta-Carotene, Winter Squash has large amounts of Vitamin A, Vitamin B, Vitamin B6 Vitamin C, Niacin, and Potassium in it. Winter Squash includes: Sweet Mama, Sweet Potato Squash, Pumpkin, Sugar Pumpkin, Sweet Dumpling Squash, Toadback, and so on….
There you have it… Squash is healthy!! So, if you are looking for a fruit that contains several vitamins in it, lots of fiber, and helps to prevent tons of different diseases… Squash is the answer!!