their carotene properties, winter squash exert a protective effect against many
cancers, particularly lung cancer.  Diets that are rich in carotenes (especially
pumpkins) offer protection against cancer, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes.  
Studies have also shown that pumpkin seeds are helpful in reducing symptoms of
benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).

Since summer squash have a high water content, they are not as nutrient-dense as
the winter varieties.  Summer squash still provide several nutritional benefits.  They
are low in calories and provide a decent amount of vitamin C, potassium, and
carotenes.     

Studies have shown that juice made from summer squash is equal to juice made
from pumpkins, leeks, and radishes in their ability to prevent cell mutations.  Summer
squash are especially beneficial during the summer months due to their higher water
content.  They protect against dehydration and the carotenes help to protect against
the damaging effects of the sun.  


Sources:

Murray , Michael N.D.. The Encyclopedia Of Healing Foods.
New York: Atria Books, 2005.

Centers For Disease Control And Prevention-5 A Day.

National Agricultural Library-USDA. usda.gov.

Wikipedia The Free Encyclopedia


The winter squash group includes
pumpkin, acorn, butternut, and
spaghetti squash.  Winter
squash, like other richly colored
vegetables, provide an excellent
source of carotenes.  Generally,
the richer the color, the richer
the concentration.  They also
offer a very good source of
vitamins B1 and C, folic acid,
pantothenic acid, fiber, and
potassium.  Winter squash are
also a good source of vitamin B6
and niacin.

Studies have shown that, due to
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