An organic superfood that dates back 5500 BCE was an integral part of Central and South American diet. A powerhouse of essential nutrients and extremely versatile as vegetable, zucchini easily became a widely recognized and a favorite in American homes.
Also known as the Italian squash, this organic superfood resembles that of a ridged cucumber. Its botanical name is cucurbita pepo and is a member of cucumber family. Widely used in cooking as vegetable, zucchini is actually a fruit. Yes, a fruit which develops from a golden flower head under the leaves. It usually grows to 1 meter long and green in color. The flesh is white with a light, delicate flavor. There is also a hybrid variety called golden zucchini and comes in deep yellow or orange color.
Nutritions and health benefits you get from this organic superfood.
Aside from satisfying your hunger without crashing your diet plan, Zucchini provides you with a good supply of vitamin A, C, B1, B6, B2 Including several essential minerals like calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, copper and zinc. And that’s not all, this incredibly healthy organic superfood is also your best source of omega 3 fatty acids, protein, carbohydrates, amino acids and loads of soluble and insoluble fiber. It has more potassium than a banana and a single fruit contain only 25 calorie count, which is way lower than a baked potato which has 130 calorie count. This summer squash is great for pregnant women as well due to a good amount of folate it contains that will help prevent neural tube defects during development of the baby.
What is also great about zucchini is that it houses a decent level of flavonoid poly-phenolic antioxidants like zea-xanthin, lutein and carotenes to combat harmful free radicals inside your body. Most of its antioxidant is concentrated in the skin so it’s best to eat it without peeling.
Zucchini is also said to be very effective in treating BPH or benign prostatic hypertrophy because of its phytonutrients. Due to its rich fiber content, it helps in clearing carcinogenic toxins in the colon and lessen the risk of atherosclerosis and certain heart disease caused by diabetes.
Food caution: Zucchini contains some amount of coumarin, a natural substance deemed as an anticoagulant that may cause a life threatening drug interaction for individuals under blood thinning medication. It’s best to avoid zucchini or other similar organic superfood.
Zucchini fun fact. Did you know that Thomas Jefferson and George Washington were avid squash growers? They sure know their veggies well.
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The article written here is for educational purpose only and is not meant to provide any medical advice. If you have an illness or medical condition, it would be best to consult first with your health care provider or family physician before undertaking any course of treatment.
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