There are approximately 80 calories in one cup of cooked butternut squash which equates to about 150-200 calories in an entire butternut squash. While the calorie content may seem high for this type of gourd, butternut squash is very nutritious if prepared properly. Steaming squash is the most nutritious way to prepare it. Avoiding butter and fatty dressings keeps the calorie content down.
Other nutritional facts about butternut squash include its high carbohydrate content. In one serving, or one cup of butternut squash there are just over 20 grams of carbohydrates. Butternut squash is starch and contains a small dose of natural sugars. There are 4-6 grams of sugars in one cup of butternut squash, making it one of the most sugar-ridden vegetables out there. One cup of squash contains 2 grams of protein and no fat or saturated fat. There is a small amount of naturally occurring sodium is butternut squash as well. In just one cup you will find about 8-10 grams of sodium.
Butternut squash is low on the estimated glycemic load, coming in at an 8. With no fats, low sodium and no cholesterol the vegetable is highly nutritious and recommended as a low calorie snack. Butternut squash is also a good source for vitamins, such as Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Thiamin, Niacin, Calcium and Folate. Butternut squash is also rich in Vitamin C.
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