Squash it with Zucchini

Zucchini or courgette is one of the most popular summer squashes around the world. It has smooth skin, tender and crunchy flesh with small edible seeds. Zucchini also has a high moisture content that aids in hydrating the body.

With only 17 calories/100g, Zucchini is one of the very low-calorie vegetables which aids in weight loss. It is a cholesterol-free food that contains no saturated fats. Its green peel provides an excellent source of dietary fiber which helps lower cholesterol. Fiber also helps with reducing constipation, reduce the risk of atherosclerosis, and heart disease due to diabetes.

Zucchini is a nutrient-rich vegetable that is laden with beneficial nutrients. It contains a host of vitamins such as vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin B6, vitamin B2, magnesium, folate, potassium, copper, calcium and phosphorus. It is also high in omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, niacin, protein, minerals, amino acids and more. The high folate level in zucchini is beneficial for pregnant women. 

Vitamin C, folate, and beta-carotene content found in zucchini help to reduce the risk of colon cancer. It also acts as powerful antioxidants, a prevention to many different types of cancer.

There is 19% of the RDA of manganese in one cup of zucchini. Manganese helps the body to metabolize protein and carbohydrates. It also increases the formation of collagen, allowing for healthy skin and proper wound-healing.