Exercise Daily and Eat Healthy Foods- Squash
Adopt a plant- based diet for healthy living
Squash was seldom on my shopping list, until I adopted a plant based diet.
I was also misinformed about the word squash of which there are several species including zucchini and pumpkins. Even egg plant is listed as squash. The fact that you have winter and summer squash means they can be available all year round.
They are now an addition to all my soups; but can be consumed in sandwiches.salads, roasted, or in puddings
Squash is really a vegetable but they are generally considered a fruit because of the seeds of the plant.
Their origin goes back some 7500 years ago in Mexico and Central America. Refrigerate squash in a plastic bag for a maximum of 5 days.
Health Benefits of Squash
1. Boosts immune system
2. Fights inflammation.
3. Helps fight infections.
4. Important benefit of helping to manage diabetes
5. Supports healthy lungs.
6. Supports healthy vision
7. Improves bone density
8. Supports digestion
9. Prevents Anemia
10. Helps treat neural defects
11. Provides nutrition to the body
12. Weight loss. (fat free and low in calories)
13. Prevents cancer
14. Eye health (beta carotene and lutein)
15. Benefits colon health
16. Maintains prostate health
17. Reduces PMS symptoms
18 Prevents constipation
19. Regulates blood pressure
20 Asthma prevention
21. Promotes hair growth
Squash contains vitamins C, E, B6, and minerals such as niacin, folate, pantothenic acid, calcium, iron, copper, magnesium and potassium
Niacin also known as vitamin B3 helps to reduce the risk of heart disease, improves mental health, treats diabetes, may alleviate symptoms of arthritis, boosts energy, improves the function of the skin, lowering levels of triglycerides, treats impotency and helps lower bad cholesterol .
Squash, by providing vitamin B3, also helps treat pellagra which is a disease characterized by dementia, dermatitis and diarrhea.
Pantothenic acid is also known as vitamin B5 is an essential nutrient; it is a very important vitamin for human life;it helps convert the food you eat into energy. The whole regiment of B vitamins helps to convert the carbohydrates, fats and protein into energy.
Types of Squash
1. Summer Squash, Zucchini
2. Winter squash,- spaghetti squash, acorn and pumpkins; pumpkins are grown in tropical climates all year round but are better planted in the rainy season.butternut; Hubbard the largest variety with orange to dark Grey hard skin with a sweetish flavor.
There is never enough scientific research to support the claims of studies and years of natural medicine experience; but that does not refute the health benefits of squash, please browse the web and read more for yourself
Start with the links below.