Zucchini: Health Benefits & How To Prepare

Zucchini: Health Benefits & How To Prepare

Zucchini is the summer super food you should be eating. It's rich in vitamins and minerals and very versatile. Much like the cucumber, people assume that it is a vegetable because of how it is used, but zucchinis are technically fruits.

According to Healthline, here are the major health benefits that come from eating zucchini:

  • High amounts of vitamin A and antioxidants- Cooked zucchini has the most vitamin A and the skin has the most antioxidants.
  • Promotes healthy digestion, reduces blood sugar and aids weight loss- Zucchini has more fiber and water than calories so that stool is softened, hunger may be reduced and blood sugar stabilized.
  • Improves heart health- Zucchini's fiber and potassium help lower blood pressure, which lowers the risk of heart disease.
  • Strengthens vision- The vitamin C and antioxidants in zucchini improve vision and promotes good eye health.

Here are my favorite extra virgin olive oils and herbs to pair with zucchini:

  • Garlic EVOO
  • Basil EVOO
  • Tex Mex EVOO
  • Rosemary EVOO
  • Cajun Seasoning
  • Zaatar
  • Moroccan Seasoning
  • Garlic Herb Seasoning
  • Lemon Rosemary Garlic Salt

 

Source: Petre, Alina M. “12 Health and Nutrition Benefits of Zucchini.” Healthline, 24 May 2005, www.healthline.com/nutrition/zucchini-benefits#section6.

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