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4 Reasons to Eat Winter Squash
Published: 11/16/2013

A delicious and versatile meal option for the colder months, winter squash comes in many varieties, all with a hard shell and mild-tasting flesh. Some common varieties of winter squash include butternut, acorn, Hubbard and pumpkin. No matter what variety you choose, you will be getting plenty of healthful nutrients, as winter squash:

  1. Is an excellent source of vitamins A and C
  2. Provides good amounts of potassium, dietary fiber and folate
  3. Has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits
  4. Has been associated with lowered risk of a variety of diseases, including benign prostatic hyperplasia, lung cancer, atherosclerosis, diabetes-related health issues, and inflammatory disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, and osteoarthritis

While they can be stored for up to six months, winter squash will eventually decay – choose ones with a heavy and firm feel and dull rinds that are uniformly hard. Talk with your local grocer or search online for different ways to cook squash and what each variety offers, as each type has its own unique taste and texture.

Try winter squash in the Roasted Winter Squash & Apple Soup recipe!

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