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Zucchini Health Benefits

Zucchini (Cucurbita pepo), is a popular summer squash which belongs to the cucumber and melon family. Zucchini has a thin, edible green skin, creamy white flesh and soft seeds. Shaped somewhat like a cucumber, it can vary from just 4 or 5 inches to a foot in length, with a diameter up to 2 inches.

 

Zucchini is picked when it is about 8 cm long and the seeds are soft and immature. A mature zucchini can reach up to a length of 3 feet. It is often fibrous in nature and therefore, not fit to eat.

 

Zucchini is effective for weight management due to its healthy combination of high fiber and moisture content and a low calorie content which make it a low energy food.

 

Low energy foods are beneficial for weight management as they control your appetite by filling you up with water and fiber. Thus, you can have larger servings of zucchini and still keep your caloric intake low.

 

The high levels of fiber in zucchini prevent carcinogenic toxins from settling in the colon as well as promote healthy and regular bowel movements.

 

Besides, vitamins A and C are strong anti-oxidizing agents that destroy the carcinogens which can lead to different types of malignant cancers. Raw and grilled zucchini also benefit your health due to their folate, or vitamin B-9 content.

Folate helps support your metabolism, aiding in protein and nucleic acid metabolism.

 

Zucchini is an excellent source of two antioxidant vitamins that help boost immunity and support healthy aging.

 

A medium vegetable supplies 35 milligrams of vitamin C, or between 39 and 46 percent of the recommended daily allowance for adults.

 

In addition, they contain moderate levels of B-complex group of vitamins like thiamine, pyridoxine, riboflavin and minerals like iron, manganese, phosphorus, and zinc. It is a very good source of potassium, an important intra-cellular electrolyte.

 

Potassium is a heart friendly electrolyte and helps bring the reduction in blood pressure and heart rates by countering pressure-effects of sodium.

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