As far as produce goes, pumpkin may get all the attention come fall—but truthfully, nothing can amp up a seasonal dish quite like eating butternut squash. This subtly sweet, nutty-tasting fruit (yes, it's technically a fruit) adds a richness of flavor to soups, grain bowls, casseroles, and desserts alike. Not only is it delicious, but it also happens to pack quite a few antioxidants and micronutrients to benefit your body. Don't you love when food is just as good for you as it tastes?
You may be surprised by some of the secret side effects of eating butternut squash, too. In addition to being high in fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin E, it's also rich in many essential minerals that play a significant role in your overall health. Below are just a few of the many perks you can expect from noshing on this popular winter squash, and for even more healthy tips, read up on our list of The 7 Healthiest Foods to Eat Right Now.
One cup of cubed butternut squash has about 3 grams of satiating fiber and only 63 calories with less than 1 gram of fat. That makes it a phenomenal weight-loss food.
More specifically, butternut squash offers some soluble fiber, which has been found to reduce appetite and calorie intake. One 2009 study in The Journal of Nutrition discovered that for every gram increase in total dietary fiber in women's diets, their weight decreased by 0.55 pounds. Another 2018 study in Eating Behaviors revealed that women who consumed more fiber lost more weight...
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