In addition to being naturally sweet and amazingly versatile, winter squash is packed with antioxidants like carotenoids (we’re most familiar with beta-carotene). These free radical fighting compounds are commonly found in colorful veggies like carrots and leafy greens and areknown for promoting immune system function, healthy skin, and vision. In addition to the squashes’ disease-fighting properties, studies also have shown that the polysaccharides or starches in the cell walls have the ability to regulate blood sugar and help prevent type II diabetes.
One cup of butternut squash has around 80 calories and practically zero fat. And like other orange veggies, this naturally sweet squash also has triple your recommended daily intake of vitamin A (great for bone health) and half of the vitamin C you need each day.