Butternut Squash for your PON
Many PON owners have been dismayed (an understatement)
by the failure of the pumpkin crop and subsequent shortage of Libby's pure
pumpkin this year. I am one of these owners who regularly includes pumpkin
with my PONS diet. After doing online research, I decided to substitute
butternut squash and am so pleased with this food, that I may remain with
it. Please read the following information about butternut squash:
Health Benefits of Winter
a reputation for fiber. Eating squash is particularly satisfying, because
the bulk fills you up, allowing you to forgo second helpings.
Because squash is actually the fruit of various members of the gourd
family, it comes in a wide array of colors and sizes. This vegetable is
a great addition to any healthy diet.
A tasty bonus: Winter squash has more
nutrients than summer squash.
Benefits of Winter Squash
Though all varieties of squash are good nutrition choices, winter
varieties tend to be more nutrient-dense. They generally contain much
more beta-carotene and more of several B vitamins than summer
Butternut squash's beta-carotene content even rivals that of mangoes and
cantaloupe. And that's a boon in the fight against cancer, heart
disease and cataracts.
may also play a role in reducing lung inflammation and emphysema.
Winter squash also contain beneficial amounts of vitamin C, potassium,
and fiber, which is just right for filling you up, not out.
Serving Size: 1/2
Health Benefits which can be applied to PONS:
High in Fiber, Low in Fat: Many
PONS cannot tolerate high fat foods and butternut squash is a good
addition to their diet.
- According to the Mayo
Clinic, fiber is good for the gastrointestinal system, as it aids
in the digestive process. Low-fat foods help with weight
maintenance and can lower the risk for heart disease and diabetes.
- Dr. George Obikoya,
recognized for his work on the importance of vitamins and
minerals, claims that the electrolyte potassium is known to help
lower blood pressure and be good for the cardiovascular and
nervous systems. It can reduce joint stiffness due to conditions
like arthritis, and is identified as being a natural pain
reliever. Stored in the muscles, it can help manage headaches and
migraines, and lead to rapid improvement of cuts and bruises.
- Commonly recognized by the
American Gynecological and Obstetrical Society, folate gets a lot
of attention for its ability to help prevent brain and spinal-cord
birth defects like spina bifida. It also aids in the prevention of
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
- The American Heart
Association supports the use of omega-3 fatty acids to help
prevent heart attacks and strokes in people with . It is believed
that they lower risk for heart disease, cancer and arthritis.
Omega-3 fatty acids are also recommended for the treatment of high
cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes.
- The Mayo Clinic endorses
vitamin B6 to fortify the nervous and immune systems, help
normalize blood pressure, and prevent heart disease.
Beta-carotene and Vitamin A
- The antioxidant
beta-carotene has amazing disease-preventing talents, according to
the Mayo Clinic. The human body transforms beta-carotene into
vitamin A, which can help reduce the risk of breast cancer, colon
cancer and age-related macular degeneration. It also aids in the
development of healthy lungs in unborn babies. Beta-carotene can
even help prevent heart attacks and strokes by halting the
build-up of oxidized cholesterol in the body. In terms of
diabetes, it has been known to regulate blood sugars. Its
anti-inflammatory powers can reduce symptoms of arthritis and
- The Mayo Clinic approves the
mineral magnesium to help with calcium absorption and to
build and teeth. These qualities make it an excellent
dietary choice for people with osteoporosis. It also promotes
heart health by preventing blood clots and maintaining blood
pressure to reduce the risk for heart attack and stroke.
Why not do your own research and consider supplementing
your PON's diet with this delicious, healthy vegetable ? My Senior PONS
have become significantly more active since I have started including
butternut squash in their diet. I bake the entire squash and then scoop
out the seeds after it has cooled down.