Squash!

It is that time of year again, where the leaves turn beautiful colors, the weather gets brisk and squash are everywhere. There are so many different types of squash, in all shapes and sizes. But the thing they all have in common is the nutrition they provide our bodies.

Butternut is a type of winter squash.

“Winter squash, like other richly colored vegetables, provide an excellent source of carotenes. Generally, the richer the color, the richer the concentration. They also offer a very good source of vitamins B1 and C, folic acid, pantothenic acid, fiber, and potassium. Winter squash are also a good source of vitamin B6 and niacin.” (1)

Because of the nutrients and vitamins in squash, studies have said that squash is a valuable food in the fight against cancer, specifically lung cancer. They are also valuable in fighting heart disease and Type 2 Diabetes. (1,2)

There are many varieties of squash with the most prevalent being acorn, butternut and the versatile pumpkin. Pumpkins can be made into anything from decoration to soup to bread to cheesecake. The vitamins in pumpkin are essential for pets as well. High in anti-oxidants and fiber, the pumpkins nutritional content rivals its versatility. (3,4)

Especially at this time of year, the farmer’s markets and farm stands are overflowing with delicious squash. The valuable nutrition and versatile uses make this food a Super food!

Sources:

(1) http://www.everynutrient.com/healthbenefitsofsquash.html
(2) http://www.livestrong.com/article/2701-facts-health-benefits-squash/
(3) http://www.naturalhomeandgarden.com/natural-health/5-health-benefits-of-pumpkins.aspx
(4) http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/pumpkin.html

Felicia

About Felicia

Hello, I am Felicia and I am one of the founding members of Health Now, Wealth Forever. When we came up with the concept of starting our family business, I was enthusiastic just to spend time working on a project with my family. But, as we have grown and expanded, my passion for educating myself and others - about alternative health options and changing the way we view finances and life - has taken over. While I admit I am not the healthiest of our group, I am working on it daily and hope that the articles I write help you to work on it with me. Thank you for supporting us and allowing us to open our minds and yours to an alternative way of look at health, wealth and life!

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