Acorn squash is a vegetable that comes under the category of winter squash. This pumpkin-like vegetable is eaten either after baking, sautéing, microwaving, etc. Let’s find out what are the nutritional benefits of consuming this orange-yellow vegetable.
With a typical acorn-like shape, an acorn squash is a variety of the squash species, Cucurbita pepo, that also comprises zucchini and pumpkins. This vegetable appears dark green to orange or yellow in color on the outside, with distinctive longitudinal ridges to adorn it. The flesh inside is a bright yellow or orange that looks extremely appetizing and fresh.
Measuring about 6 inches in width and weighing approximately 1 to 2 pounds, this winter vegetable is also referred to as the ‘Table Queen’ or the ‘Danish Squash’. Besides its unique flavor combination of nutty, sweet, and peppery, it’s a vegetable that is loved for its vibrant appearance and is consumed grilled, baked, etc.
Nutritional Value of Acorn Squash
The earlier acorn squashes had a bitter taste, which is why they were only harvested for their seeds. However, later, the sweet-tasting squashes were grown, which gained popularity and today these squashes are even used as a pumpkin substitute. The nutritional value of acorn squash is quite similar to that of other squash varieties like the buttercup, butternut, banana, hubbard, spaghetti, and sweet dumpling, which is why it is a good addition to one’s daily diet.
The nutritional information for 7.5 ounces of chopped acorn squash in a serving size of one cup is as follows:
|Fats||0.3 grams (total)|
|Vitamin C||37 % of the DV (Daily Value)|
|Vitamin A||18 % of the DV (Daily Value)|
|Thiamin||23 % of the DV (Daily Value)|
|Vitamin B6||20 % of the DV (Daily Value)|
|Pantothenic acid||10 % of the DV (Daily Value)|
|Potassium||26 % of the DV (Daily Value)|
|Manganese||25 % of the DV (Daily Value)|
|Magnesium||22 % of the DV (Daily Value)|
As we have seen, consuming this winter vegetable means furnishing one’s body with the required essential nutrients. However, weight conscious folks are interested in the amount of calories they will gain by consuming this vegetable. Well, one cup of 7.5 ounces of chopped acorn squash contains 115 calories. In terms of daily value, one serving of this vegetable furnishes the body with less than 6% of the daily calorie requirement. What is even better is its low saturated fat, sodium, and cholesterol content. However, as compared to the other winter squashes, this squash is not very rich in beta-carotene.
Baked with butter and brown sugar, this vegetable tastes fantastic in the cold winter months. However, for a healthier option, just grill or steam them and enjoy them will a lovely dip. They can also be combined with spaghetti, added to soups, pumpkin pies, etc. Creatively incorporate this healthy vegetable into your daily diet and reap its nutritional benefits!
Disclaimer: This article is for informative purposes only and does not in any way attempt to replace the advice offered by an expert on the subject.