Updated: Apr 11
Before we get to all of the fabulous health benefits squash provides to the body, a question I want to resolve, "is squash a vegetable?" Like many seed containing foods, such as tomatoes, squash is a fruit! Yet, it is served as a vegetable. It makes sense that squash is a fruit since a lot of squashes are sweet full of flavor like a delicious piece of pineapple. Also, many of the seeds and blossoms can be eaten. I personally love making roasted pumpkin seeds in the fall.
We often eat squash in my household. Some varieties are available year-round, it is usually affordable and easy to cook. The squash category contains a lot of varieties. In fact there are 100 varieties! But there are 15 that are most commonly eaten. There is winter squash, butternut squash, acorn squash, delicata squash, kabocha squash, pattypan squash and chayote squash, just to name a few. Most often I cook zucchini or yellow squash with dinner or lunch. But is squash good for you?
An unhealthy gut causes a wide range of symptoms. Bloating, gas, diarrhea, constipation, not being able to sleep, a racing mind and anxiety are just a few of the symptoms. Food is medicine! You can heal your gut by eating foods like squash.
Squash is a healthy fruit served as a vegetable containing many nutrients that heal the gut.
I am a Board Certified Health Coach and Certified Holistic Nutritionist obsessed with teaching others how to create a healthy lifestyle that overcomes the embarrassing symptoms of an unhealthy gut.
At the end, squash recipes to try!
Squash has a lot of health benefits for keeping our gut healthy. Before I get into how good squash is for out gut, how do you know if you have an unhealthy gut? The symptoms are numerous and there may be some you may not realize are caused by an unhealthy gut.
If you suffer from gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, fatigue, lack of energy, moodiness, skin rashes, abdominal pain, anxiety, frequent belching or stomach gurgling, your gut is unhealthy! Heal your gut and overcome these embarrassing symptoms by eating healing plant based foods like squash. Below are the nutrients squash contains to support a healthy gut.
#1 CONTAINS PREBIOTICS
Most of us have heard about probiotics but we aren't as knowledgeable about prebiotics. Prebiotics support the growth of probiotics in our gut. Having prebiotics in our routine helps to support the good bacteria in our gut. The good bacteria in our gut fights pathogens and bad bacteria in our body.
Does squash cause gas? Gas can be an annoyance for many people. The reason squash gas can happen is there is not enough good probiotics in the digestive system. Eating processed foods such as crackers, chips, cookies or fast food, depletes the good bacteria in our body. The result is feeling gassy and bloated. To solve this issue, start to reduce or eliminate the amount of foods that are pre-packaged you eat in a day. By giving your body whole foods, your digestive system will start to heal and the gas will reduce.
#2 HIGH IN FIBER
Squash is a great source of the gut healthy soluble fiber, which makes it an ideal plant based food. A frequent question I often get about squash is: does squash cause gas? Yes, but only if you are not used to eating fiber! Fiber comes from complex carbohydrates, which may be avoided when following some popular diets (such as Keto). If you are used to eating a variety of fruits and vegetables, you should not suffer from excess gas when eating squash. If you do get gas, adding ginger to the squash you are cooking (fresh or dried) will help minimize it. A great way to start the day is eating a warm mash or puree of winter squash with ginger. Ginger is nutrient-packed and contains a lot of soothing soluble fiber.
#3 HIGH IN VITAMIN A
Vitamin A is well known for it's ability to support healthy vision. Did you know vitamin A also supports the immune system of our gut lining? That's right! When we don't have enough vitamin A as part of our health habits, our gut becomes inflamed and is unable to protect us from illness and disease. (Source: Clinical Education) Eating plenty of vegetables and fruits, such as squash, helps provide the body with v