Butternut squash is one of the wonderful foods of winter. Not only does it make a fantastic soup it is also very healthy for you. Check this out.
- Has loads of vitamin A (83% of our daily requirement) in the form of beta-carotene, which supports eye health. Vitamin A is a key requirement of the protein in your retina. Used by the conjunctive membranes and cornea for proper function. Beta-carotene is also an antioxidant that can help prevent age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
- Contains vitamin C (29% of our daily requirement) and E (13% of our daily requirement) that can help prevent and treat early AMD and may lower the risk of cataracts.
- Loaded with fibre, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants enabling it to help fight against chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancers, neurological and respiratory diseases.
- Essential for skin health thanks to its vitamin C content. Vitamin C works together with vitamin E to help protect your skin against harmful UV rays.
- Contains 10% of your daily needs of fibre, which can help improve your gut health. Fibre also keeps your bowels regular. A healthy gut is important to a better immune system and mental health.
- Butternut squash is low in fat and sodium. It is mainly a source of carbohydrates with a high fibre content. One cup contains 16.4 grams of carbs, 1.4g of protein, 2.8g of fibre, 0.14g of fat and 63 calories. Other than being high in vitamins A, C, and E, it also contains 10-12% of the daily requirement of magnesium, potassium, copper, niacin, manganese, and thiamin.
If you want to add, more butternut squash into your meal plan check out these recipes:
Coconut Curry Butternut Squash Soup:
Maple Roasted Butternut Squash Soup:
Butternut Squash and Sage Risotto:
Cinnamon Roasted Butternut Squash: