Winter Squashes......Packing An Antioxidant Punch!

Winter squashes...when it comes to antioxidant power, well, they pack a mighty punch.

winter squash health benefits, winter squashes There are many different types of squash, but the ones that carry the most antioxidant power are the bright orange and yellow winter-squashes. Compared to summer squashes, which do not contain hardly any carotenoids, the pumpkin (a winter-squash) contains a whopping amount of both alpha and beta carotene, both having anti-inflammatory properties...oh, and a small quantity of lutein too.

Their potency is not the same as the root vegetables..i.e garlic or onion, however the winter-squash have been found to have anti-cancer type properties.

Probably the most benefit of eating winter-squashes could be to your eyesight. Yes, better vision.

A twelve year study at Harvard University showed that people who ate the most fruits and vegetables rich in beta carotene had the lowest incidence of cataracts.

Winter-squashes, along with other winter foods such as spinach and sweet potatoes offered the best and strongest protection.

And finally winter-squash is not a commonly allergenic food. It has not been found to contain measurable amounts of oxalates or purines. Also in the Environmental Working Group's 2009 report..."Shopper's Guide to Pesticides" did not include it as one of the 12 foods most frequently containing pesticide residues.

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