Our Fall menu wouldn’t be complete without butternut squash. This orange Fall favorite is as nutritious as it is delicious. It’s low in calories, and high in fiber.
Here’s what else one cup of butternut squash can provide:
• Vitamin A
Just one cup will get 457% of your daily recommended intake of vitamin A.
• Vitamin C
The same one cup brings 50% of your daily value of vitamin C.
• A Variety of Minerals
Magnesium, potassium, and even calcium can be found in butternut squash. These are all great for keeping your bones healthy.
Squash is made of about 85% water, so it can help keep you hydrated.
Squash is full of beta- and alpha-carotene that are converted to vitamin A and used by your body to support your immune system, among other things.
• Eye Health
There are compounds called lutein and zeaxanthin in butternut squash that help protect your eyes from damage caused by ultraviolet rays. The vitamins A and C we mentioned earlier help too.