Squash (zapallo in Spanish) is a vegetable that has many benefits and nutritional properties for our daily diet. This vegetable grows in the heights of the mountains and varies in size, appearance and color- but not in its nutritional contents. In addition to being beneficial for all ages, it is also recommended as one of the first foods for babies.
This is why we have listed five benefits that squash has to offer, below:
1. Aids in weight loss and helps control cholesterol
It helps to control cholesterol levels and lose weight, due to its low calories. It also has a good source of fiber, minerals and vitamins. And it has excellent antioxidants.
2. Natural anti-inflammatory
You can find a lot of beta-carotene (which has antioxidants and anti-inflammatory effects) in the pulp of the squash (or pumpkin). It is recommended to include the pulp in your diet at least twice a week.
3. Helps prevent prostate cancer
Both squash and pumpkin seeds are a great ally for prostate cancer screening, as they stimulate the segregation of certain body chemicals whose role is to prevent the conversion of testosterone into dihydrotestosterone, which is linked to the development of this type of cancer.
4. Rejuvenates the body and skin
Squash contains vitamins A, B, C and E as well as zinc and other nutrients that help beautify the skin and keep it softer. As a source of beta-carotene and antioxidants it helps regenerate and slows the aging process.
5. Natural diuretic
This vegetable works as a natural diuretic, therefore it also aids in losing water weight through urine.