The Health Benefits of Spaghetti Squash

Today I wanted to share with you the health benefits of spaghetti squash.  My parents planted some spaghetti squash when I was a kid.  IMG_20140330_135719_269My mom would boil them and prepare spaghetti sauce and use the squash in place of pasta.  It was really good.

Here a few weeks ago I picked one up at the grocery store and did the same thing, and it was as good as I remember.  If you haven’t tried spaghetti squash you should give them a try.  They are delicious.

Thanks to the website healthyeating.sfgate.com for the information provided below.  As always it is much appreciated.

So here are the health benefits of spaghetti squash.

1.  If you’re looking to restrict your caloric intake, eating spaghetti squash will help fill up your plate without adding lots of calories.  Each cup of the cooked squash contains only 42 calories – 2 percent of the daily calorie intake on a 1,500-calorie diet, or 1.5 percent of a 2,000-calorie diet.  Due to the squash’s low calorie content, substituting spaghetti squash in place of spaghetti pasta dramatically reduces the calorie content of your meal; substituting a cup of squash in place of pasta saves you 179 calories.  If you normally eat spaghetti once a week, the calorie difference in switching to spaghetti squash translates to 2.5 pounds of weight loss over the course of a year.

2.  Spaghetti squash serves as a source of beneficial carbohydrates.  Each cup of cooked squash contains approximately 10 grams of total carbohydrates, including 2.2 grams of fiber.  Consuming fiber-containing foods like spaghetti squash offers a number of health benefits – the fiber forms a gel in your digestive tract that helps remove cholesterol from your body, helps your body regulate blood sugar and also helps you feel full for longer after your meal.  Fiber also adds bulk to your stool, which helps to prevent constipation.  The 8 grams of sugars and starch found in spaghetti squash also benefit your health, providing a source of energy for your cells.

3.  Consuming spaghetti squash also boosts your intake of essential vitamins and minerals.  One cup of squash contains 170 international units of vitamin A, which is almost 6 percent of the recommended daily intake for men and 7 percent of the recommended intake for women, according to the Linus Pauling Institute.  The squash also contains several B vitamins, as well as vitamins C, E and K.  In addition, spaghetti squash provides a source of the essential minerals calcium, zinc, copper, manganese and selenium.

As you can see spaghetti squash is packed with lots of vitamins and minerals.  I would encourage you to pick one up the next time you’re at the grocery store and give it a try in place of pasta.  It’s good stuff.

Below are some recipes using spaghetti squash.

Spinach and Spaghetti Squash Quiche

Baked Spaghetti Squash Lasagna Style

Spaghetti Squash Tacos

Roasted Vegetables with Spaghetti Squash

 

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