Zucchini is a type of squash (technically a fruit) that's wonderfully-green and can be enjoyed raw, cooked, in bread or muffins, or you may have seen it on our menu in our Grilled Zucchini Wrap with Eggs and Mozzarella. There’s lots to love about zucchini:
• Heart Health
Zucchini’s heart health benefits come mostly from its ample fiber content. Studies have shown diets high in fiber reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Additionally, the potassium in zucchinis helps to open up your blood vessels and can reduce high blood pressure.
A lot of what makes up zucchini is water, which can reduce your chances of constipation. Also, it contains both soluble and insoluble fiber to keep things moving and feed healthy gut bacteria.
• Vitamin A
You’ll get 40% of your daily Vitamin A requirement from one cup of zucchini, which supports healthy vision and a strong immune system.
Zucchini is rich in antioxidants including a type called carotenoids that are beneficial for the health of your eyes, skin, and heart. Note that the highest concentration of antioxidants are in the skin, so try and include it when you can.
• Variety of Nutrients
One cup of zucchini only has 28 calories but is packed with a variety of nutrients we haven’t mentioned yet such as manganese, vitamins C, K, and B6, magnesium, folate, copper, and iron.