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Butternut Squash Health Benefits

Butternut Squash is such a versatile food that can be sautéed, roasted, toasted, pureed… the list goes on! Butternut squash is not only delicious in both savory and sweet dishes, but also packs a punch of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants.

Butternut squash has a buttery, sweet taste while also rich in vitamins, antioxidants and fiber. Butternut squash’s health benefits include being especially high in many different kinds of carotenoids; from Souperb’s previous Superfood Sunday series, we’ve learned that carotenoids are important antioxidants that help your body combat damage from oxidative stress. Due to this, carotenoids help reduce risk of age-related disease, cancer and cardiovascular disease. This includes high levels of the carotenoid beta-carotene, which we have mentioned previously in our Superfood Sunday posts. Looking for Vitamins to keep your immune system strong? Butternut Squash is an amazing source of Vitamin A, which helps keep your skin, eyes and organs functioning healthily. One cup of Butternut Squash provides almost 300% of your DV of Vitamin A, and almost 50% of your DV of Vitamin C. Wow!

At a glance, Butternut squash is an excellent source of:

  • Carotenoids, specifically lutein and zeaxanthin (great for eye health)
  • Vitamins A and C
  • Fiber

Did you know? Butternut squash is technically a fruit, not a vegetable! All types of squash are technically fruit due to the fact that they develop from the flower-producing part of the plant and the fact that they have internal seeds. Butternut Squash is one of those vegetables that is culinarily used as a vegetable but is actually a fruit.

At Souperb, we love to cook with butternut squash. While in culinary school, Chef Joanna trained with a skilled chef in Indian cuisine and loved using spices to enhance flavors. She developed her first soup by pairing the savory notes of cumin with the sweetness of butternut squash. Souperb’s Butternut Squash with Cumin is a favorite among those that are seeking a delightful combination of spices with a touch of richness. Want to try it for yourself? Use our Locator tool to find a delivery/pickup option near you.

What are some of your favorite ways to enjoy butternut squash? Share with us @souperbsoup!