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Is Squash Low FODMAP?

May 01, 2022
Is Squash Low FODMAP?

Written by Amy Kaczor MS RD LDN, Registered Dietitian  

Is squash a low FODMAP food?

Squash is an incredibly versatile and nutritious fruit. Yes, a fruit! Many think squash are vegetables, but they are classified as fruit since they have seeds.

Types of squash include butternut squash, spaghetti squash, winter squash, pumpkins, zucchini squash, and many more. All with unique colors, flavors, and possibilities!

According to the Monash University FODMAP Diet app, squash has been tested as a low FODMAP food. However, serving size differs by variety. The following are the serving sizes appropriate for not likely to cause worsened symptoms in individuals with irritable bowel syndrome:

Pattypan squash = 2 squash (2.65 oz)
Butternut squash = 1/3 cup diced (1.59 oz)
Spaghetti squash = 1/2 cup (2.65 oz)

Looking for that perfect squash meal? Check out this Low FODMAP Butternut Squash Breakfast Tostada recipe.

What are the health benefits of squash?

Due to the yellow color in many squashes, many health benefits come from the presence of carotenoids. For example, studies have shown that carotenoids can prevent heart disease, cognitive degenerative diseases, and macular degeneration that comes with age (Staughton, 2021). In addition, squash may aid in blood sugar management and improve vision.

Summary

We hope this post answers your questions about the low FODMAP diet and squash as a part of the low FODMAP diet. Stay tuned for more posts about the low FODMAP diet and low FODMAP foods!

Stay tuned for more posts about low FODMAP foods. Also, check out our other pages for more information on managing digestive health.

References

Staughton, J. (2021, June 1). Squash: Top 5 benefits & how to use. Organic Facts. Retrieved April 30, 2022, from https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/fruit/squash.html


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