Fit Food: The Benefits of Winter Squash

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Fit Food: The Benefits of Winter Squash

Acorn squash, butternut squash, spaghetti squash—it all packs a ton of nutrition and tastes pretty good too. So here are easy ways to cook it up.

Sure, gourds might scream fall, but don’t chuck all of them out for the winter season like a moldy jack-o-lantern. This fleshy fruit (yep, believe it or not—it’s got seeds) has health benefits that you need year-round:

  • It’s low in fat and full of dietary fiber, which keeps you feeling full and may help reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
  • The bright orange color signals that butternut squash is packed with carotenoids, nutrients that help prevent against heart disease, says Elisa Zied, R.D., a dietician in New York City
  • A one-cup serving packs nearly half of your daily dose of vitamin C.

Sound good? These five easy recipes make working squash into your diet a cinch—let's get started.

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