Benefits of Zucchini: This low-carb squash contains a lot of what you might realize. Zucchini has gained some serious credits over the past few years. Gone are the days of being merely the green squash in our summer gardens. Today it is a low-carb champion.
Zucchini deserves rewards for more than just being low-carb like most vegetables, it has actually a nutritious power. Watch the full video to learn the health benefits of zucchini.
In one cup (cooked) of zucchini, there are 28 calories, 1 gram of protein, 0 grams of fat, 7 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of sugar, 3 grams of fibre (i.e. 10% of the daily target for women!), And 5 mg of sodium.
Compare that to a cup of cooked pasta, which contains 220 calories, 43 grams of carbohydrates and less fibre, 2.5 grams (although you will get more fibre if you choose pasta made with whole wheat).
A cup of zucchini filled with vitamin C, potassium and magnesium. You can also get a few folic acids.
The health benefits of zucchini:
In addition to all of these amazing vitamins and minerals, zucchini also provide healthy über compounds called carotenoids. Specifically lutein and zeaxanthin. It’s those compounds that (by research) seem to give an astonishing extra healthy kernel. Here are some health benefits of zucchini.
1.) Zucchini Protects your skin:
Just like those carotenoids that accumulate in the skin of zucchini, they also accumulate in our skin, when we regularly eat products rich in carotenoid. This build-up protects our skin from Ultra Violet rays and pollution. According to scientific studies. It may also slow down skin ageing by helping to maintain skin moisture and elasticity.
2.) Zucchini is Good for your heart:
Research suggests that eating foods rich in carotenoids can slow or reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. The key phrase, however, is eating carotene-rich foods, not dietary supplements. The potassium that you get in zucchini is also beneficial for blood pressure, as well as fibre for general heart health.
3.) Zucchini Strengthens bones:
In a study of young adults, those with high levels of carotenoids in their eyes (a method for researchers to measure people’s long-term dietary carotenoid intake) also seem to have more dense and stronger bones. This then indicates that eating foods rich in carotenoids regularly like zucchini can be beneficial for our bones. An animal study found that lutein specifically stimulates bone formation.
4.) Zucchini is Linked with healthy body weight:
Some large, long-term studies (called observational studies) have found that people with higher carotenoid levels usually have a lower BMI compared to people with lower carotenoid levels. There were also these results from a study on zeaxanthin and mice: when mice were fed a high-fat diet, and given zeaxanthin, the carotenoid gave protection against the negative health effects of eating a high-fat diet. Besides, we know that eating lots of vegetables – which have few calories and are rich in nutrients and fibre, is good for weight management.
While all this research is very promising, keep in mind that all look at carotenoids, not zucchini in particular. In other words, zucchini is not a panacea – at least not yet. However, they are low in calories, low in carbohydrates and full of good nutrients that are right for you.