Crack open the yellow hide of a raw spaghetti squash and you may have trouble understanding how it got its name. But cook it for a while and you will see that the fleshy insides fall apart in spaghetti-like strands that make this vegetable perfect for a variety nutritious of dishes.
Serving Size and Preparation Information
All nutritional information in this article is based on a 1 cup (155 grams) serving of cooked, unsalted spaghetti squash.
Fat and Calories
If you want a versatile vegetable to add to your healthy eating regimen, the spaghetti squash is an excellent choice. With no fat and only 42 calories in a serving, the spaghetti squash fits into a low fat, low calorie diet.
Prepared spaghetti squash's noodley nature can be a boon for those searching for a low carbohydrate alternative to pasta. With only 10 grams of carbs in a 1 cup serving, it easily beats a serving of whole wheat pasta, which has 39 grams of carbohydrates.
Protein, Sugar and Sodium
On gram of protein, 4 grams of sugar and 28 milligrams of sodium add little to the spaghetti sqash's nutritional profile.
Other Nutrients of Note
A serving of spaghetti squash contains 3 percent of one's daily recommended value (DRV) of Vitamin A, calcium and iron. It also has 8 percent of the DRV of Vitamin B6 and 9 percent of the DRV of Vitamin C.