½ cup steamed= 14 calories
Winter squash, like other richly colored vegetables, provide and excellent source of carotenes. Generally, the richer the color, the richer the concentration. They also offer a very good source of vitamins B1 and C, folic acid, pantothenic acid, fiber, and potassium. Winter squash are also a good source of vitamin B6 and niacin. Studies have shown that, due to their carotene properties, squash exert a protective effect against many cancers, particularly lung cancer, in addition to heart disease and diabetes.
VITAMIN A: Converted carotene becomes vitamin A and the body uses this essential nutrient to enhance it’s retinol prowess.
PHOSPHORUS: The phosphorus found in squash will aid your kidney’s in waste excretion and water absorption.
CALCIUM: Is especially important