Pumpkin and Squash are Healthy Foods
Although sometimes called winter squash because they keep so well when weather turns cold, butternut, buttercup, spaghetti, turban squash and other varieties are actually harvested in the fall.
Squash – and its close cousin pumpkin – are healthy eating choices.
Members of the squash family are high in dietary fiber and beta carotene, which helps your body make vitamin A and contributes to the health of your skin, eyes and immune system. Squash is low in calories and has a low glycemic index. A serving of winter squash has only 39 calories, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Foods that are lower on the glycemic index include “good carbs” and don’t make your blood sugar spike. The high fiber content of squash also makes it a filling choice.