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Is spaghetti squash low-carb?

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Peggy Woodward, RD

DEAR PEGGY: A friend told me that a good way to lower carbs is to replace spaghetti noodles with spaghetti squash. Are there any nutritional advantages, and is the squash difficult to prepare? —N.W., Phoenix, Arizona

Cooked spaghetti squash separates into long thin wisps that look like spaghetti noodles.

Comparatively, 1 cup cooked spaghetti squash has about 41 calories and 10 grams of carbohydrate, while the same amount of cooked spaghetti comes close to 197 calories and 40 grams of carbohydrate.

To prepare spaghetti squash, cut the squash in half lengthwise, discarding seeds. Set the halves, cut sides down, in a 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. baking dish. Add water to dish to a depth of 1/2 inch.

Bake at 350° for 45 minutes or until squash is tender when pierced with a fork. Remove squash from dish and cool. Scrape inside of squash with a fork to remove its tasty strands. A 3-pound spaghetti squash yields approximately 5 cups.

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