You may be surprised to learn that this delicious member of the gourd family is technically a fruit! Not only is this winter squash high in fiber, which helps you to feel more satisfied, but it’s also an excellent source of antioxidants. According to Harvard Health, because this fruit is so rich in potassium, it may help counteract the damaging effects of sodium on blood pressure.2
Since butternut squash is a starchy food, it should be eaten in moderation—we suggest adding one cup of squash for extra protein and fiber to your meal. Or, try it in Jenny Craig’s Butternut Squash Ravioli, a savory fall favorite.