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Surprising Benefits of Zucchini – Health Benefits of Zucchini



Scientific name: Cucurbita pepo var. cylindrica

Zucchini is treated as a vegetable but comes in fruit; it is usually cooked and presented as a savory dish or accompaniment. Botanically, zucchinis are fruits, a type of botanical berry called a “pepo”, being the swollen ovary of the zucchini flower. Zucchini, like all squash, has its ancestry in the Americas.

Nutrition Table:

Amount Per 100 grams

Calories 17

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 0.3 g 0%

Saturated fat 0.1 g 0%

Polyunsaturated fat 0.1 g

Monounsaturated fat 0 g

Trans fat 0 g

Cholesterol 0 mg 0%

Sodium 8 mg 0%

Potassium 261 mg 7%

Total Carbohydrate 3.1 g 1%

Dietary fiber 1 g 4%

Sugar 2.5 g

Protein 1.2 g 2%

Vitamin A 4% Vitamin C 29%

Calcium 1% Iron 2%

Vitamin D 0% Vitamin B-6 10%

Vitamin B-12 0% Magnesium 4%

Health Benefits:

– Zucchini is one of the very low calorie vegetables; provide only 17 calories per 100 g. It contains no saturated fats or cholesterol. Its peel is good source of dietary fiber that helps reduce constipation and offers some protection against colon cancers.

– Zucchinis have anti-oxidant value (Oxygen radical absorbance capacity- ORAC) of 180 Trolex Equivalents (TE) per 100g, the value which is far below to some of the berries, and vegetables. Nonetheless, the pods are one of the common vegetables included in weight reduction and cholesterol control programs by the dieticians.

– Furthermore, zucchinis, especially golden skin varieties, are rich in flavonoid poly-phenolic antioxidants such as carotenes, lutein and zea-xanthin. These compounds help scavenge harmful oxygen-derived free radicals and reactive oxygen species (ROS) from the body that play a role in aging and various disease processes.

– Courgette hold relatively moderate amounts of folates; provides 24 µg or 6% of RDA per 100 g. Folates are important in cell division and DNA synthesis. When taken adequately during early pregnancy it can help prevent neural tube defects in the fetus.

– It is a very good source of potassium, an important intra-cellular electrolyte. Potassium is a heart-friendly electrolyte and helps bring the reduction in blood pressure and heart rates by countering pressure-effects of sodium.

– Fresh fruits are rich in vitamin A; provide about 200 IU per 100 g. Fresh pods, indeed, are good source of anti-oxidant vitamin-C. Provide about 17.9 µg or 30% of daily-required levels per 100 g.

– In addition, they contain moderate levels of B-complex group of vitamins like thiamin, pyridoxine, riboflavin and minerals like iron, manganese, phosphorus, and zinc.

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