Carbohydrates in Spaghetti Squash

by Kelsey Casselbury

The stringy flesh of a spaghetti squash can serve as a low-carb alternative to pasta.

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If you're looking for a low-carb alternative to spaghetti, the aptly named spaghetti squash might be just the ticket. Spaghetti squash is a nonstarchy vegetable that contains about 5 grams of carbohydrates per half-cup serving, according to the American Diabetes Association. Its stringy flesh also provides about 20 calories and vitamin C, B-complex vitamins and fiber.

How to Prepare

Spaghetti squash is named for its flesh that, when cooked until tender, separates into threads that resemble spaghetti. It can be roasted in the oven or microwaved until tender. Let it cool and then use a fork to scrape out the flesh. Top it with a little olive oil or butter and serve plain or use it in place of spaghetti in your favorite pasta dish, such as as the base for "spaghetti" and meatballs.

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About the Author

Kelsey Casselbury is a freelance writer and editor based in central Maryland. Her clients have included Livestrong, School Nutrition magazine, What's Up? Media, American Academy of Clinical Chemistry, SmartBrief and more. She has a formal education in personal training/nutrition and a bachelor's degree in journalism from The Pennsylvania State University.