The Health Benefits of Yellow Squash
- It is low-carb. Most of the calories in yellow squash comes from its carb content, which is to say, there really isn’t much of either. You can eat an entire medium-sized yellow squash and only consume 39 calories and 8 grams of carbs — not a bad deal at all. Spiralize a couple of those suckers and you have a nice bowl of faux pasta on your plate, ready to be topped with some crumbled or sliced chicken sausage, bell peppers, and fresh marinara sauce. When you consider one cup of pasta contains around 14 grams of carbs, you’ll be glad you filled your plate with a healthy helping of squash, instead.
- It is low-calorie. When you’re on a diet or watching what you eat, then every calorie counts. Yellow squash is low-calorie, so you can eat a lot of it and still meet your calorie requirements for the day. It’s also a great vegetable to mix in or add to pastas and other calorie-dense foods to fill you up while helping you slim down.
- It is a good source of beta-carotene. A primary source of vitamin A, beta-carotene is also what gives yellow squash its vibrant hue. It’s also a carotenoid that acts as an antioxidant which protects the body from free radicals, can slow cognitive decline, and can keep your immune system, tissues, mucous membranes, hair, and skin healthy.
- It is fiber-full. We love fiber here at Slender Kitchen. Not only does it keep you feeling fuller, longer, it also aids in digestion and helps to regulate your digestive system. Every medium yellow squash provides four grams of fiber. When added as a side dish, combined with other veggies or carbs or eaten raw, sliced thin and dipped in hummus, you can bet you’re getting a good start on your fiber intake for the day.
- It’s cholesterol-free. If you are watching your cholesterol intake, then you needn’t worry about eating summer squash. You can eat squash to help lower your cholesterol as well, as studies have shown that a plant-based diet can lower your total cholesterol. This includes both HDL and LDL levels, compared to those who eat more of a meat-based diet.