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The Latest News About Winter Squash

What's New and Beneficial About Winter Squash

WHFoods Recommendations

Our favorite way to prepare winter squash is to steam it as it takes such a short period of time. It's best to steam 1-inch cubes of squash. The preparation for this is described in the How to Enjoy section of our website. For most types of squash you only need to steam it for 7 minutes. So you save time and enjoy a host of more nutrients.

Health Benefits

Winter squash provide numerous health benefits including:

For more details on walnuts' health benefits, see this section of our winter squash.

Nutritional Profile

The amazing phytonutrient content of winter squash makes us realize that this food is not just a starchy vegetable. Carotenoids found in winter squash include alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, beta-cryptoxanthin, lutein, and zeaxanthin. Pectin-containing cell wall polysaccharides found in winter squash are important anti-inflammatory nutrients provided by this food, as are its cucurbitacins (triterpene molecules). Winter squash is an excellent source of immune-supportive vitamin A (in its "previtamin" carotenoid forms). It is also a very good source of free radical-scavenging vitamin C and manganese and heart-healthy potassium and dietary fiber. In addition, winter squash is a good source of heart-healthy folate, omega-3 fatty acids, niacin, and vitamin B6; energy-producing thiamin and vitamin B5; and bone-building copper.

For more on this nutrient-rich legume, including references related to this Latest News, see our write-up on winter squash.