How is acorn squash beneficial for our #goodgut?
All varieties of squash are great additions to a #GoodGut way of eating! Acorn squash is a great low-calorie, low FODMAP, and nutrient-dense food! This orange veggie is high in vitamins A and C, both of which are strong antioxidants. Vitamin C has antioxidant effects of its own, but it also functions to regenerate other antioxidants within the human body, boosting their effects, as well. Vitamin A, on the other hand, has a distinct antioxidant effect within the GI tract, where it reduces intestinal inflammation and aids in immune function by supporting antibody activity. When combined, vitamin A and vitamin C can reduce oxidative stress in the body. Another function of vitamin C is its ability to enhance the body’s absorption of non-heme iron, making it a very beneficial nutrient for plant-based eaters, since plant foods only contain non-heme iron.
One cup of acorn squash contains 7 grams of fiber. It contains both soluble and insoluble fiber – both of which are beneficial for gut health. Soluble fiber, also known as fermentable fiber, is broken down by gut bacteria to support a healthy, diverse gut microbiome. Insoluble fiber, on the other hand, is not broken down, but instead adds bulk to stool and helps to prevent constipation. The combination of both soluble and insoluble fiber in acorn squash make it an all around #GoodGut food!
Ways to eat it
Mashed or pureed acorn squash - a fun way to switch it up from mashed potatoes or sweet potatoes
Freeze cooked, cubed acorn squash to add into smoothies
Recipe: Acorn Squash Pie
Ingredients (Makes 4 Servings):
2 acorn squashes
2 Tbsp cinnamon
1/4 cup date paste
Preheat the oven to 400°F.
Wash the acorn squashes.
Cut each acorn squash in half and remove the seeds.
Bake for 40 minutes.
Date purée: Add 6 dates into a 1/2 cup of warm water and purée in a blender or food processor.
Add the chopped apples, date purée, cinnamon, and bake for another 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
Remove from the oven and enjoy!
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