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Here are three great reasons to eat more squash:
1. Squash protects our eyes
Squash is loaded with the antioxidants beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin, which may reduce the risk of eye diseases. For example, a diet that's high in beta-carotene may help delay visual loss caused by some forms of age-related macular degeneration, the most common cause of severe vision loss in Canada.
2. Squash is a low-cal substitute for grains
Skip the white rice and pasta, and choose squash instead. A one-cup serving has just 80 calories, compared to 234 calories in a cup of spaghetti. Plus, squash is a good source of vitamins A â€¨and C, while pasta and rice have none.
3. You can eat the seeds, too
Roasted squash seeds make a heart-healthy, delicious snack, similar to pumpkin seeds. Simply scoop out seeds, rinse, dry and bake at 170°F (77°C) for about 20 minutes. Slow roasting minimizes damage â€¨to the healthy fats in the seeds, so your body will reap their maximum benefits.
Be sure to try out some of our delicious squash recipes:
Turkey, Sage and Squash Pot Pie
Spaghetti Squash with Herb Butter
|This story was originally titled "Why We Love Squash" in the October 2012 issue. |
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