Whether eaten raw or cooked, there’s so many ways to enjoy zucchini and still get a great amount of vitamins and minerals. Zucchini is one of the most popular summer squashes in Europe and Americas. It can be available all around the year, but it is at its best during late spring and summer seasons.
Health Benefits of Zucchini
Low in Calories
Zucchini is perfect for any type of main dish or as a perfect light side dish for a heavy meal. One cup has about 19 calories, that´s much lower than any other vegetarian side dish like cauliflower or broccoli. Moreover, it contains no saturated fats or cholesterol. Its peel is good source of dietary fiber, which helps to reduce constipation and provides some protection against colon cancers.
Summer squash is a great source of manganese and vitamin C. It offers a great combination of conventional antioxidant nutrients. But it also contains other antioxidant nutrients, including the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin. These antioxidants are especially helpful in antioxidant protection of the eye. We often think that carrots provide us the most eye related benefits, but we also should not underestimate zucchinis.
Good for your heart
Zucchini is a very good source of potassium. Potassium is a heart-friendly electrolyte, which helps control blood pressure. By boosting your potassium intake, you can decrease a stroke risk, which can naturally lower a chance of developing a heart disease.
A great substitution of pasta
It is very popular to make pasta, noodles or spaghetti out of zucchini. It´s super easy to make it with some spiral slicer or other kitchen gadgets. Then you can just use any type of sauce you normally use with pasta dishes.
As mentioned above, the high level of fiber in summer squash prevent toxins from settling in the colon and promote healthy and regular bowel movements. Vitamns C and A are strong anti-oxidants that destroy the carcinogens, which can lead to various types of malignant cancers.
Below you can see a delicious Zucchini & Coconut Oil bread, which is a fantastic snack or a treat for your sweet tooth.
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