The Food Revolution Network issues an article by Patrick Quillin, PhD, RD, CNS, originally published on GettingHealthier.com, explaining zucchini is surprisingly healthy and packed with nutrients.
Zucchini, a summer squash, is a member of the gourd family. It originated from Central America from where it has spread to the rest of the world.
This popular succulent vegetable does well in warm weather, in places with moist, fertile soil. It takes 35 to 60 days from planting to first harvest. The plant grows to a height of two and a half feet. For best flavor, zucchini fruits are harvested when they are 4-8 inches.
Darker fruits are usually higher in nutrients. But what are the nutritional benefits of zucchini?
What Are The Nutritional Benefits of Zucchini?
Zucchini contains zero fat, and is high in water and fiber. It also contains significant amounts of vitamins B6, riboflavin, folate, C, and K, and minerals, like potassium and manganese.
The summer squash also contains antioxidant and anti-inflammatory phytonutrients. This makes zucchini, also known as courgette, a nutrient-dense food that you should include in your diet.
The post mentions «9 Impressive Health Reasons to Eat More Zucchini»:
1. Improves digestion
2. Slows down aging
3. Lowers blood sugar levels
4. Supports healthy circulation and a healthy heart
5. Improves eye health
6. Boosts energy
7. Weight loss
8. Improves thyroid and adrenal functions
9. Protects against oxidation and inflammation
Source and more information
Food Revolution Network – 9 Impressive Health Reasons to Eat More Zucchini — A Nutrient-Dense Food
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