Is Butternut Squash Considered a Starch?

Although butternut squash contains small amounts of protein and fat, it is predominately packed with carbohydrates and therefore it can be considered the perfect starch to add to your fall or winter dinner.

Butternut squash is available in the early fall and winter.
Butternut squash is available in the early fall and winter.

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Health Benefits Breakdown

One cup of mashed butternut squash contains about 2 grams of protein, 1 gram of fat and 18 grams of carbohydrates. In contrast, a sweet potato has roughly 2 grams of protein, less than 1 gram of fat and about 22 grams of carbohydrates. Squash is loaded with healthy fiber and a wealth of valuable vitamins.

Squash has healthy fiber.
Squash has healthy fiber. (Image: Jane Tyson/iStock/Getty Images)

Selection and Storage

The darker the color of the squash, the stronger the flavor. Make sure to select squash that has a strong healthy color and that is free from mold, bruising or other defects. Butternut squash is very hardy and will last a month or longer if stored in a cool dry place.

You can store squash up to a month.
You can store squash up to a month. (Image: dmussman/iStock/Getty Images)

Recipe Ideas

Although butternut squash is typically used for soup because of its unique texture, it is also good roasted, curried or pureed. Be creative, butternut squash can be introduced into a variety of dishes including lasagna, perogies or enchiladas. Please check the resources section for some recipe ideas.

Chili with squash.
Chili with squash. (Image: AnjelaGr/iStock/Getty Images)


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