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Updated 27 February 2013

Butternut

The main benefit that butternut has, is that it is a source of the phytochemical beta-carotene.

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The main benefit that butternut has, is that it is a source of the phytochemical beta-carotene. That has antioxidant abilities and can inhibit cancer cell development.

Alpha-carotene is best absorbed by the body when it is cooked and eaten with a little fat. It is most beneficial to eat this as part of a meal.

An average serving weighs about 100g. Butternut can be eaten in many different ways, from baked, steamed or puréed. It is fairly low in calories, so can be eaten freely.


Calories 32
Fibre 1,4 g
Potassium 280mg
Vitamin C 15 mg
Per 100g baked
 
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