The Nutritional Benefits from Squash
The Nutritional Benefits from Squash It is very sad to know that many people are avoiding eating squash because this vegetable/fruit is having unappealing physical appearance. Although squash are closely related to pumpkin, what differentiate between the two are the shape, color, size, and even taste. Squash is just recently crowned as one of the super foods because it has other purposes for beverages, medicine, oil, and even detergent. The spreading of squash started after the discovery of America and just like tomatoes, there are so many varieties of squash in the world. Can you tell the squash nutritional benefits? First of all, squash has been classified into two major categories: winter and summer squash. The winter squash which has full-grown fruits can be stored for months due to their rock-hard skin. There is no official record on how many squash varieties now, but the number of species already noted from 13 to 30.
Now, although there are so many varieties of squash, most of them are carrying the same nutrients which consist of carbs, fat, protein, vitamins, and minerals. The vitamins that you can get from eating squash are vitamin A which equivalent with beta-carotene and lutein zeaxanthin, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, vitamin C, and vitamin K. The squash is also contains minerals like iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, and zinc. Consuming squash and its seeds are always recommended because they are free of fat and cholesterol, in fact, their vitamins and minerals are helping you in managing the cholesterol in your blood. However, you need to be carefully if you harvest squash from the wild because there is a variety of squash which contains cucurmosin and that is a ribosome inactivating protein and it is scientifically more toxic to cancer cells than the healthy cells.
Despite the unappealing physical appearance, you never thought that squash can be very useful in as medicine. The first field that notices the advantage of squash is the cosmetic industries where they add extract squash in cosmetic products for dry and sensitive skin as well as treating the schistosomiasis. In ancient medication, the squash flesh is commonly used to treat the burning sensation and skin condition and the squash seeds are pounded and mix with water to use as a natural anesthetic. The squash seeds are also recommended as staple food for nursing women so they produce abundant breast milk. A variety of squash is used to flavor the alcoholic drinks so they have soft and mild taste.[pm]