Botanically, zucchinis are fruits. But they are majorly treated as vegetables. It is used both raw and cooked. The flowers of zucchini are also edible. They are used in French and Italian cuisine for garnishing cooked fruits and meals. Zucchinis are very easy to cultivate and they are also very inexpensive and widely available in the market.
Zucchini has many benefits. Zucchini is rich in vitamin A, Vitamin C, folate, magnesium, potassium, phosphorous, Vitamin B6, antioxidants, carotenoids, and fibers. Due to its benefits, it has been used in folk medicine to treat cold, flu, and other health problems.
Following are some of the benefits of zucchini;
- Helps in Digestion:
Zucchini contains soluble and insoluble fibers and 95% water. The soluble fibers help to nourish the friendly bacteria living in your gut and turn the friendly bacteria produce short-chain fatty acids that nourish your gut cells and help reduce gut inflammation and certain gut disorders like an ulcer.
On the other hand, the insoluble bacteria and water helps in the movement of undigested food through your intestine and make them pass more easily. They reduce the risk of constipation.
- Helps to Decrease Blood Glucose Level:
The fibers and antioxidants present in the peel of zucchini help to decrease the blood glucose level and it is really useful for diabetic people. These antioxidants and fibers also increase insulin sensitivity which is helpful for people with type 2 diabetes. Zucchini intake lowers the carbs level which leads to reduced blood glucose levels which normally increases after food intake in the body.
- Reduces Blood Pressure:
Zucchini is helpful for people with high blood pressure. Zucchini is rich in potassium which helps in reducing the blood pressure of the body by dilating your blood vessels.
- Reduces Risk of a Heart Attack:
Pectin, a type of soluble fiber present in zucchini helps to reduce the risk of a heart attack by reducing the level of bad cholesterol in the body. Moreover, potassium present in zucchini dilates the blood vessels leading to a low level of blood pressure which in turn reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke.
- Reduces the Risk of Eye Disease:
Zucchini contains vitamin C, beta carotene, and antioxidants like lutein and zeaxanthin which is very important for your eyesight. These nutrients decrease the risk of eye diseases. It also decreases the risk of macular degeneration which leads to irreversible vision loss. The contents present in zucchini also reduces the risk of developing cataracts.
- Reduces Dehydration:
Zucchini contains 95% water which reduces dehydration in the body. The puffiness of eyes caused by dehydration is also reduced by the consumption of zucchini as the water contents in a zucchini increase the level of water in the body which leads to a decrease in dehydration.
- Helps in Weight Loss:
Zucchini help in weight loss. It is low in carbs and the contents present in zucchini reduce hunger and gives you the feeling of being full. Its water and fiber content helps you to lose weight.