Home > Diet and nutrition > Healthy Food > Vegetables Updated 27 February 2013 Butternut The main benefit that butternut has, is that it is a source of the phytochemical beta-carotene. 0 Vit & Min doses per day » Count calories in food » Is my vegetarian diet balanced? » Ask The Dietitians » 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 NEXT ON HEALTH24X 7 healthy swaps for everyday foods and drinks 2020-01-15 14:15 More: Healthy FoodVegetables advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... Live healthier Lifestyle » E-cigarettes: Here are five things to know E-cigarettes have become hugely popular in the past decade, but a rash of vaping-linked deaths and illnesses in the US is feeding caution about a product that's already banned in some places. Allergy » Ditch the itch: Researchers find new drug to fight hives A new drug works by targeting an immune system antibody called immunoglobulin E, which is responsible for the allergic reaction that causes hives.