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Facts for Winter Squash

  • Squash is an excellent source of vitamins A and C. A one-cup serving of winter squash provides about half of the daily requirement of vitamin C, and 4.5 times the daily requirement of vitamin A.

  • One cup of cubed winter squash contains about 80 calories, virtually no fat, and very little sodium.

  • Squash is a very good source of potassium and manganese; and a good source of calcium, magnesium, Vitamin E, Thiamin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, and Folate.

  • Squash is high in fiber. It can help give people the sensation of feeling full, without having consumed a lot of calories.

  • The pigments that give squashes and pumpkins their deep yellow and orange colors may help to protect humans against some forms of cancer.

  • Summer squash do not have much vitamin A and have lower levels of most nutrients than winter squash. However, summer squash are a good source of vitamin C and dietary fiber, and are a very low-calorie food with about 35 calories per cup.