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Is squash a starchy high carb vegetable

I’m wondering if by asking this that you want to know if there are a lot of calories associated with squash?  Most summer squash, including zucchini, and the winter spaghetti squash are lower in carbs than say other winter squash such as acorn or butternut.   Keep in mind that all fruits and vegetables contain good carbohydrates and it stands to reason that some will be higher in carb content than others.  Generally, more “watery” vegetables have both fewer carbohydrates and fewer calories.  


More detailed nutritional information for this vegetable can be found on USDA’s National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference (  Be sure to check out our fruit and veggie database as well: for nutritional information on the more common fruits and vegetables.


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