Spaghetti Squash is a pale yellow or ivory colored squash that bears its seed in the winter. It is an interestingly textured squash that when cooked yields spaghetti like flesh that can be pulled away in strands, much like spaghetti noodles.
There are about 40 calories in one cup of spaghetti squash (cooked). This variety of squash is considered to be low in calories because many squash types contain more natural sugar and as a result offer more calories.
Most people eat spaghetti squash cooked, however, you can wash the squash and cube it for salads or other dishes. It can be eaten raw and yields slightly less calories when eaten this way. When the squash is cooked, the sugars react and are released causing a higher calorie and carb count than if you were to eat the squash raw.
In one cup of raw spaghetti squash there are about 32 calories, slightly lower than a cup of cooked squash. If you are trying to keep your calories low and still want to enjoy spaghetti squash on your diet plan, keep the portion size small and think about eating it raw. In salads, spaghetti squash can be tasty and add a unique flavor. Try to avoid fatty and high caloric sauces and butter if you are trying to keep your calories low and still want to eat spaghetti squash.
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