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Why spaghetti squash should be on your fall menu

Warm up with spaghetti squash. It's healthy comfort food at its finest—without the refined carbs.


By Keri Glassman, MS, RD, for

There may be a chill in the air and waning hours of sunshine, but that is hardly license to hibernate and indulge in “comfort” foods all day. And yet, it should be said that not all comfort foods are “bad” for you. Exhibit A: Spaghetti Squash.

You might be somewhat confused by the name of this fabulously delicious winter squash. Spaghetti? That’s right. When cooked properly, it actually resembles both the shape and consistency of pasta, and with your favorite sauce it can be eaten in lieu of the refined carbohydrate.

Similar to its winter squash counterparts, the rich color of spaghetti squash makes it a great source of antioxidants, including alpha and beta-carotene. Both nutrients turn into vitamin A, which helps to improve eyesight, especially in low light settings (nighttime readers, rejoice.) But the health benefits of this slimming squash don’t stop there. It’s a good source of folate, which has been shown to reduce the incidence of neural tube defects, when eaten both prior to and during pregnancy. It’s also high in soluble fiber, which helps us stay fuller for longer. So warm up with this spaghetti squash recipe for dinner—it’s healthy comfort food at its finest.

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