Zucchini --- Top 8 Health Benefits
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Zucchini --- Top 8 Health Benefits of this Summer Squash

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By OLIVIA AMTER, Contributing Columnist







6. Zucchini Keeps Your Eyes and Body Fortified with vitamin A

We have all heard that carrots can supposedly help us see in the dark--but zucchini can help too.

One cup of zucchini contains 5% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin A, also known as retinol.

Vitamin A is crucial to protecting our eyesight and failure to do so can lead to poor eyesight, even blindness in some cases. 

In a now famous 1992 study published in the Bull World Health Organ Journal, led in part by Alfred Sommer, researchers discovered that extreme Vitamin A deficiency in children under five can not only lead to night blindness --- a condition in which individuals lose their ability to see in the dark ---  but can also weaken the immune system and lead to greater child mortality.

The importance of Vitamin A in the prevention of night blindness and to boost immunity was confirmed in a 2001 study by Dr. Richard D. Semba's published in the Preventive Nutrition journal .


7. Zucchini Can Help Control Your Blood Sugar















Zucchini even keeps your blood healthy. This summer squash, like most varieties within the family, is full of serious blood sugar regulating minerals, including B6, B1, B2, B3, choline, zinc, omega-3 fatty acids and, once again, magnesium. That's a mouthful!

Zucchini should be an important part 0f any meal plan for preventing and managing type 2 diabetes. 

A 2010 study from Devi Ahilya University (Indore, India) showed that elements in the skin of certain squash varieties, including zucchini, were crucial to glucose regulation in mice . The National Institutes of Health, Office of Dietary Supplements, also rates magnesium high on the list of blood sugar regulating minerals, making zucchini a great daily choice for those struggling or faced with diabetes. (Read more to learn meals that can help those who have both diabetes and high blood pressure.)


8. Zucchini Is So Versatile You Can Eat It with Just About Anything


We now see how healthful of an addition zucchini can be to anyone's diet. But one of the best things about zucchini is just how versatile of an ingredient it can be in the kitchen. The whole zucchini (minus the hard stalk of course) can be eaten; even the blossoms can be eaten, stuff with ricotta and pan fried as start to a light summer meal. Its qualities as a vegetable and fruit make it fit for savory and sweet dishes, while its texture and mild flavor make it easy to substitute zucchini for a higher fat or carbohydrate option.



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