Health Benefits of Squash
Known as kaddu in Hindi, squash or pumpkin is a vegetable that was originally grown by Native Americans in North America. While there are several varieties, the red and yellow ones are very easily available in India. While squash is not generally anyone's favourite vegetable, it is a great food for people who want to lose weight. Here are some of the health benefits of eating squash:
Squash has very low carbohydrate content and no fats, and so it has very few calories. It is also cholesterol free, making it a good substitute for vegetables like potato that are very high in calories.
Rich in fibre
Squash is a vegetable that is extremely rich in fibre. In fact, it is considered to be a good cure for constipation because it has so much fibre that it can clear out your system and regulate your bowels.
Rich in vitamins and minerals
Squash contains very high amounts of Vitamins A, C and K. Vitamin C is good for tissue growth and repair while Vitamin K is good for your bones and heart. Squash has Vitamin A in the form of beta-carotene, which is good for vision, bone growth, immunity and the reproductive system. Additionally, squash has a number of minerals, including magnesium, manganese, potassium, iron and phosphorous.
Squash is anti-carcinogenic, which means that it helps to prevent you from getting cancer. It has several antioxidants in addition to the Vitamin C and beta-carotene, all of which protect your body from the pollution and chemicals that cause cancer.
Prevents other diseases
The nutrients found in squash help to keep a number of other diseases at bay. The combination of low fat and no cholesterol make it good for the heart, preventing heart disease while the fibre content makes it good for the digestive system, preventing problems colon-related diseases. The manganese, magnesium and Vitamin C make it good for your bones, increasing your bone density and preventing osteoporosis.
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