Butternut squash has a wonderful flavor to it. I love it in pies and smoothies. It’s also very healthy as it is highly rich in beta-carotene, a provitamin A carotenoid, and also contains some vitamin C and vitamin E. These are all antioxidant vitamins which help your body fight free radicals. In addition to bolstering your immune system, these antioxidants have certain specific roles.
Vitamin A plays an important role in the health of your vision and bones. It has other health benefits as well.
Vitamin E is important not only for a healthy immune system but also for a healthy metabolism. It also helps prevent coronary heart disease, and protects your eyes, reducing the risk of developing cataracts and age-related macular degeneration. Studies have also shown that it reduces cognitive deterioration associated with neurogenerative diseases.
Vitamin C is important for the health of your bones, connective tissue, teeth and gums, while also helping the body absorb iron. It also helps your body heal if you’ve sustained burns or injuries.
Butternut squash also contains B vitamins and a number of minerals, such as potassium, magnesium, and manganese.
The healthy fats (omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids) in avocados help your body absorb fat-soluble vitamins like vitamin A and vitamin E (so it’s a great idea to add it to a fruit or vegetable smoothie), while also lowering your bad (lousy ) cholesterol (LDL) and your triglycerides.
Avocado also comes packed with many phytonutrient antioxidants. Two of them are carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin, which protect your eyes against cataracts and age-related macular degeneration. They also prevent heart disease and stroke and may lower the risk of breast and lung cancer.
So eat avocados (incorporating them in smoothies is a great way to enjoy them), and don’t be put off by the fact that they have a rather high calorie content (300 calories for a typical avocado). Ah, and besides what I’ve mentioned so far, they contain vitamins A, C, E themselves, and almost half of your recommended daily intake of vitamin K and fiber. Avocados also contain B vitamins as well as potassium, copper, magnesium, manganese, and other minerals.