Five health benefits of Zucchini

Last Updated: Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 09:39

Zee Media Bureau/Irengbam Jenny

Zucchini, a popular summer squash, belongs to the cucumber and melon family. It is a nutritious fruit but it is treated as a vegetable as it can be consumed in both cooked and raw form. There are many healthy benefits of eating zucchini as they are low in calories and helpful to curb obesity and high cholesterol levels.

Here are some health benefits of zucchini:

Aids in digestion

Zucchini aids in digestion, prevents constipation, maintains low blood sugar and curbs overeating as it has 36 calories and 10% of the RDA of dietary fiber.

Prevents cancer

Zucchini has a dietary fiber which promotes healthy and regular bowel movements, the high amount of fiber also helps prevent carcinogenic toxins from settling in the colon.

Vitamins C and A found in it act as powerful antioxidants that fight oxidative stress which leads to different types of cancer.

Promotes better vision

Vitamin A found in zucchini is extremely helpful in developing the cells of eyes, thus giving a better vision.

Zucchini can also be used externally to remove the puffy bags around eyes. This is caused due to excessive water retention. The high water content in zucchini helps in sponging out the swelling around your eyes.

Helps to lose weight

Zucchini helps in losing weight considerably as it is extremely low in calories. It is a great way to satisfy your appetite, gives a feeling of being full.

Besides the low calorie, it has high water content and is rich in fiber. Hence, zucchini is perfect if you are on diet.

Good for Skin:

Zucchini has a high water content which hydrates your skin. Water is beneficial for your skin as it flushes out toxins from your system.

Consumption of zucchini helps to restore the moisture of your skin that gives you a glowing and healthy skin.



First Published: Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 09:30

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