Squash belongs to the cucurbit family. Squash are separated into two categories, winter squash and summer squashes. Popular summer squash includes zucchini and yellow squash, whereas pumpkin and buttercup squash are popular winter ones.
Due to the seeds that accompany the food, squash are technically fruits. However, as they are rarely consumed raw, they are eaten like vegetables.
The difference between summer and winter squash is the texture and the time frame they are harvested. Despite their differences, both categories of squash are very healthy and are great way to replace some of those high calorie non-nutrient dense foods
Squash Benefit #1: Diabetes Management
Diabetes affects thousands of people around the world. Squash is a great option for diabetics because, though known as a starchy vegetable, it is very low in carbohydrates. Winter squash tends to be higher in carbohydrates then summer squash. For instance, 1 cup of cooked pumpkin contains 9 g of carbohydrates, whereas a zucchini only contains 3 grams.
Studies have also traced the vegetable to decreased blood sugar levels. In one human study, individuals with type 2 diabetes took an extract of winter squash. After 5 hours, their blood glucose was measured, and the levels were lower than expected.