30 FOODS FOR BETTER BODY (4)
The two main categories of squash are winter squash and summer squash.
Winter squash turns out to be the primary food source of alpha-carotene and beta-carotene in the entire diet! For lutein, zeaxanthin, and beta-cryptoxanthin (three other health-supportive carotenoids) winter squash also comes out among the top three food sources in several studies. winter squash exert a protective effect against many cancers, esp lung cancer. Diets that are rich in carotenes (especially
pumpkins) offer protection against cancer, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes. The winter squash group includes pumpkin, acorn, butternut, and spaghetti squash. Winter squash, like other richly colored
vegetables, provide an excellent source of carotenes. Studies have also shown that pumpkin seeds are helpful in reducing symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). They also offer a very good source of pantothenic acid, fiber, and potassium. Winter squash are also a good source of vitamin B6 and niacin.
Summer squash are especially beneficial during the summer months due to their higher water
content. They protect against dehydration and the carotenes help to protect against
the damaging effects of the sun. They are low in calories and rich in potassium, vitamin c and high water content. Summer varieties, such as those with thin, edible skins and soft seeds, include chayote, yellow crookneck, and zucchini.
Total benefits include, they are good for weight loss, nutrition rich, good for health, good for eyes (fight against cataracts), good for preventing cancer (anti-oxidant) and fight against heart disease. One cup of squash weekly twice recommended for preventing heart attacks and cutting down your cholesterol intake.