Autumn is.... finding a purpose for every pumpkin in the patch.
Though all varieties of squash are good nutrition choices, winter varieties tend to be more nutrient-dense. They generally contain much more beta-carotene and more of several B vitamins than summer squash. It provides significant amounts of:
Potassium (important for bone health)
Vitamin B6 (essential for the proper functioning of both the nervous and immune systems)
Folate (helps guard against brain and spinal-cord-related birth defects)
Fiber (promotes a healthy gut and protects against colon cancer)
Carotenoids (protect against cancer and heart disease)
Very high levels of beta-carotene (which your body automatically converts to vitamin A)
With only a 1-cup serving, you get nearly half the recommended daily dose of antioxidant-rich vitamin C.
Beta-carotene content is close to that of mangoes and cantaloupe. That's a benefit in the fight against cancer, heart disease, and cataracts.
Beta-carotene may also play a role in reducing lung inflammation and emphysema.
Most importantly, it is super delicious.
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