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Our Favorite Winter Squashes

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I’m partial to butternut squash. They are easy to grow and prepare, and are moist and meaty. But just about all winter squash — acorn, pumpkin, Hubbard, buttercup — are healthy picks. Many of the health benefits of squash can be attributed to their carotenoids, the yellow, orange and red antioxidant pigments that help fight cancer and heart disease. A one cup serving has more than 7,000 IU of carotenoids — more than a day’s worth!  Winter squash are also a good source of vitamin C, potassium, fiber, trace minerals like copper and manganese, and even contain some anti-inflammatory omega-3 fats. They’re also typically low in toxic residues and unlikely to cause allergic reactions.

I usually use canned pumpkin for pies, muffins and cakes. I like the consistency and convenience, and it’s just about as healthy as fresh. But I prefer fresh squash for curries, stews and soups, even risotto, because you can dice it, slice it or cube it.

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4 responses to “Our Favorite Winter Squashes”

  1. […] of the health benefits of squash can be attributed to their carotenoids — the yellow, orange and red antioxidant pigments that […]

  2. […] most popular winter squashes, acorn and butternut (and pumpkin, but that’s been covered separately), are a great addition to […]

  3. […] most popular winter squashes, acorn and butternut (and pumpkin, but that’s been covered separately), are a great addition to […]

  4. […] of the health benefits of these veggies can be attributed to their carotenoids — the yellow, orange and red antioxidant […]