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Carbohydrates in Spaghetti Squash

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Kelsey Casselbury has a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Penn State-University Park and formal education in fitness and nutrition. Collins is an experienced blogger, editor and designer, who specializes in nutrition, fitness, weddings, food and parenting topics. She has been published in association and consumer publications, along with daily newspapers such as The Daily Times (Salisbury, Md.)
Carbohydrates in Spaghetti Squash
The stringy flesh of a spaghetti squash can serve as a low-carb alternative to pasta. Photo Credit: razmarinka/iStock/Getty Images

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.

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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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