Calories in a Cup of Spaghetti Squash

by Crystal Petrello, M.S., R

When people think of squash, they typically think of autumn. More of these nutritional treasures in the grocery and market in northern areas. One of the popular types is spaghetti squash. This is a nutrient- dense vegetable that has many uses.

Is all Squash Edible?

Not all squash is edible. The gourds and squash marked for ornamental and decoration use only at the market should not be used in cooking.

Spaghetti Squash Calories

Spaghetti squash is usually consumed cooked. A cup of cooked spaghetti squash has about 42 calories, acording to the Self Nutrition Data website.

Special Considerations -- Fiber

A cup of cooked spaghetti squash also contains 2 grams of fiber. One cup offers 10 grams of carbohydrates. Compare this to a cup of cooked pasta, which has four times the amount of carbohydrates, 43 grams, and 221 calories. All this with only one more gram of fiber, 3 grams, says Self Nutrition Data.

Everyday Uses

Substitute pasta for cooked spaghetti squash for added fiber without all the extra calories.

How to Buy Spaghetti Squash

When purchasing squash, the vegetable should be firm. Do not purchase a squash that is soft or has a lot of green spots. This means it is either past its prime or not ripe.

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About the Author

Crystal Petrello started her writing career in 2010. She writes for various local sources in Las Vegas and has a vegetarian blog. Petrello holds a Bachelor of Science in medical dietetics from The Ohio State University. She also earned a Master of Science in community nutrition, researching food security, from Ohio University.