Although considered a winter squash, acorn squash belongs to the same species as all summer squashes (including zucchini and yellow crookneck squash).
As the name suggests, its shape resembles that of an acorn. Acorn squashes typically weigh one to two pounds and are between four and seven inches long. Acorn squash is good and hardy to save throughout the winter in storage, keeping several months in a cool dry location such as a cold cellar.
Acorn squash Nutrition Facts: Calories, Carbs, and Health BenefitsTweet
Acorn squash is about 87.78% water, 10.42% carbohydrates (including % sugar and 1.5% dietary fiber), 0.8% protein, and 0.1% fat. One cup of diced acorn squash supplies you with 14.588 grams of carbohydrates, which is 11.22 percent of the minimum of 130 grams of carbohydrates you should have daily. That same a 100 gram reference serving of acorn squash provides 40 calories and is a good source of Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) (14.67% DV), Vitamin B1 (thiamin) (12.73% DV), and Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) (11.85% DV). This means if your diet contains acorn squash, it helps your body to absorb iron from food and defend itself more naturally since vitamin C is an antioxidant, reduce the risk of anemia as this vitamin absorbs iron, improve the efficiency of lymphocytes (or white blood cells) to heal wounds and it is effective against gout (a type of arthritis) attacks by reducing blood uric acid levelshigh blood pressurethe occurrence of cancer. At the same time it contains a moderate amount of Magnesium (10.32% DV).