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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Butternut Squash Nutrition

Easy to utilize in a variety of recipes, and packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other properties, Butternut Squash is an easy way of introducing healthy foods to your family.

One cup of butternut squash contains 82 fat-free calories with 457% of the daily value of Vitamin A, 52% of Vitamin C, 8% of Calcium, and 7% of Iron -- a deliciously healthy substitute for mashed potatoes! Butternut squash also contains the following nutrients:
Thiamin 18%
Riboflavin 4%
Niacin 16%
Panthothenic Acid 12%
Vitamin B6 22%
Potassium 28%
Phosphorus 10%
Magnesium 24%
Zinc 2%
Copper 10%

Butternut Squash is touted for its marvelous concentration of Vitamin A compounds containing terrific antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Winter Squash is sometimes given a bad name because of its starchy content. Not all "starch" is created equal. Depending how starches are prepared, and what they are eaten with, starches perform differently within the body. In fact, our bodies often utilize starches in a variety of ways, depending what they are consumed with, and how they have been cooked.

According to World's Healthiest Foods website, the carbs in winter squashes contain healthful benefits including regulation of insulin, which is an asset to hypoglycemics as well as diabetics.

For fascinating, elaborate and extensive information regarding the benefits of winter squash on the "cellular level", and some great recipes, please Visit the World's Healthiest Foods website here.

Winter Squashes are known for their storage longevity when kept in a cooler or refrigerator.

For a wonderful alternative to mashed potatoes, try mashed butternut squash. Just click here for the recipe. Traditionally Winter Squashes are served with sweeteners, but try using stevia in place of the sweeteners. Or try different flavors like nutmeg, pure maple syrup, olive oil or topped with plain yogurt.

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