One of my favorite signs of fall is when all the beautiful varieties of squash start showing up in the produce section.
Folks always seem surprised when I tell them how delicious baked pumpkin is or how a butternut squash cooked just right practically melts in your mouth. I’m equally as surprised that they’re missing out on this delicious fall treat.
But there’s a lot more backing up putting squash on your shopping list this week than just my enthusiastic endorsement of this cooler weather food. Because it turns out squash is rich in an anti-aging substance that could literally lengthen your life. A substance that researchers say could dial back the clock on some of our biggest worries as we age from hair and skin issues to heart health.
That substance? Well, squash is a terrific source of fiber.
I know what you’re thinking. Fiber is just boring, right? After all, everyone already knows it’s good for them.
Fiber could slash your risk of dying by 22%!
But here’s the thing. Fiber is anything BUT boring. In fact, it’s an anti-aging breakthrough that’s been quietly hiding right under our noses this entire time.
A diet high in fiber—like you’ll find in acorn squash which packs in around 36 percent of your daily recommended intake in a single cup—doesn’t just help you look and feel younger. Fiber can also help you to literally LIVE longer too, according to a study published in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine.1
The folks in the 19 year study who ate the most fiber were 22 percent less likely to die from any cause during the study than the unlucky volunteers who ate the least. In fact, the high-fiber eaters were found to be up to 59 percent less likely to die from respiratory illnesses, infections and heart disease.
Ready to put the brakes on aging? Here’s a delicious way to fix acorn squash to get you started…
|Zesty Lime and Chili Drizzle Over Roasted Acorn Squash|
|The tangy zing of this simple lemon and chili drizzle is the perfect palate-pleasing complement to the subtly sweet flavor of roasted squash.
• 2 acorn squash (organic if possible – feel free to substitute another squash)
• Preheat oven to 450°F.
Do you have a favorite way to fix squash? Share your recipe with us in the comments below.
1. “Dietary Fiber Intake and Mortality in the NIH-AARP Diet and Health Study,” Arch Intern Med. 2011;171(12):1061-1068
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