Spaghetti Squash: A Skin Saving Side
A Skin Saving Food
I love spaghetti squash. First, because it has the most amazing appearance when it's cooked. Second, because it's an incredibly nutrient-dense food.
Just like many squashes, it packs a whole lots of nutrients into a low-calorie package.
Spaghetti squash is a good source of fiber, important in feeding the good gut microbes that keep our skin barrier functioning well and our immune system thriving.
It's also a great source of beta-carotene, which is very important for skin health. First, beta-carotene is an important antioxidant and is a key part of your skin's defense system against the free radicals produced by UV radiation, pollution, and just the processes of living.
Your body also uses beta-carotene to produce vitamin A, which is a key nutrient in cell turnover and differentiation.
Carotenoids also help produce a healthy glow to the skin
The Basics: Spaghetti squash is amazing. When cooked, its flesh looks just like strands of spaghetti. To cook, just cut in half and microwave.
One spaghetti squash (2 to 3 pounds)
2 tablespoons water
1. Slice squash in half lengthwise
2. Scoop out seeds and soft flesh from the center with a spoon
3. Place face down in a microwave-safe dish and add water
4. Microwave on high, approximately 12 minutes
5. Let cool, then scrape the flesh with a fork. This should be very easy to do.
6. The squash now looks like strands of spaghetti, and can be served as is.
Dr. Rajani Katta is the author of Glow: The Dermatologist's Guide to a Whole Foods Younger Skin Diet. To receive future updates on preventive dermatology and the role of diet, sign up here.