Zucchini Fun Facts and Health Benefits

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Zucchini:

  • it is technically a fruit even though it is served as a vegetable
  • it is not always green, it can be yellow
  • it can be eaten raw or cooked
  • one cup of sliced zucchini is about 19 calories
  • it helps you to lose weight
  • protects against infections and diseases
  • improves eye health
  • strengthens teeth and bones
  • has a higher water content and rich in fiber
  • helps lower cholesterol because Vitamin A and Vitamin C delays the beginning of atherosclerosis
  • it is good for your heart
  • it has a good amount of potassium which helps control blood pressure
  • studies show that increasing your potassium intake can slash your stroke risk
  • may also lower your odds of developing heart disease
  • also high in antioxidant vitamin C also lowering blood pressure and protecting against clogged arteries
  • you can substitute it for pasta
  • zucca is the italian word for squash
  • also contains manganese, folate, copper and phosphorus
  • manganese reduces the risk for heart attack or stroke
  • promotes men’s health by effectively treating an ailment called BPH
  • studies have already declared that fiber-rich foods help to alleviate cancer conditions by washing away the cancer causing toxins from cells in the colon
  • beta-carotene and vitamin C have anti-inflammatory properties which can naturally cure ailments such as osteoarthritis, asthma and rheumatoid arthritis
  • copper also helps with reducing aching symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis
  • when buying zucchini pick ones that are sleek, smooth, firm and has bright colored skin
  • zucchini is 95% water
  • when cooking zucchini, you need to salt it first and let the excess water drain out
  • when eating zucchini, do not remove the skin because it contains beta-carotene
Picture sourced from rodalesorganiclife.com
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