Why is Butternut Squash a “Power Food”?

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Why is Butternut Squash a “Power Food”?

by Urban Kitchen Foods
31st December 2017

At Urban Kitchen, we do everything that we can to ensure that the soups we create have a range of health benefits for you. That’s why we went out of our way to create a Butternut Squash soup that tastes delicious.

Butternut squash is often referred to as a “Power Food” because it offers a bunch of benefits for your body. Let’s look at a few of them so you can understand why you need our soup is a great choice for any healthy diet.

Benefit #1 – It’s High in Potassium

A lot of people see bananas as the primary source of potassium for the human body, but butternut squash may be even better. A single one-cup serving loads your body up with 0.5 grams of potassium each time.

So why do you need potassium? It allows you to keep your blood pressure in check, which lowers the risk of deadly heart conditions. Potassium is particularly important when it comes to regulating the amount of sodium in your body, as it can counteract the effects of potentially harmful salts. More potassium means a lower risk of heart disease and strokes.

Benefit #2 – Loads of Fibre

Remember that one cup of butternut squash we spoke about? As much potassium as it contains, it holds even more fibre. In fact, a single cup holds 7 grams of fibre.

Fibre helps you to regulate your digestive system, so there’s less chance of you suffering from an upset stomach. It supports your gut’s healthy bacteria, and also prevents a range of digestive issues, such as constipation.

Reason #3 – Plenty of Vitamins

As well as some vital nutrients, butternut squash contains loads of Vitamins A and C. In the case of A, you get 3.5 times your recommended daily allowance (RDA) per cup, while you get half of your RDA in vitamin C.

Vitamin C is crucial for combating the signs of ageing and keeping your body in working order. It will also prevent you from contracting scurvy, should you end up living a life at sea. On a more serious note, Vitamin C gives your body’s immune system a much-needed boost, meaning you’re less likely to contract common illnesses, such as colds.

Vitamin A serves your eyesight, keeping your eyes in good working order while also ensuring your body has plenty of antioxidants. These antioxidants are also important in warding off heart disease, as they ensure the healthy flow of blood through your body.

Reason #4 – It’s Low in Fat

There’s practically no fat at all in a single cup serving of butternut squash. It also comes in at about 100 calories, so it’s a great meal to add to your diet if you’re tracking your consumption.

Better yet, the presence of loads of fibre means you still get that full up feeling, even when you’ve not consumed a huge amount of calories. As a result, adding butternut squash to a healthy meal means you don’t get the hunger pangs that could knock you off course when you’re trying to diet.