Botanically speaking, a zucchini (a form of squash) is certainly a fruit. Not only does it have and come from seeds, it grows on the flowering portion of the zucchini plant. Zucchini can grow up to one meter in length but most harvested when they're about 20 centimeters long. Zucchini has been used in traditional medicine to treat colds, aches, and various health conditions as it is high in nutrients.
With just a cup of cooked zucchini, you will receive a variety of beneficial vitamins, minerals, and extra plant compounds such as Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Potassium, Magnesium, Folate, Copper, and Phosphorus.
Did you know that zucchini can strengthen your heart and bones?
In a study of young adults, those who had elevated carotenoid levels in their eyes (a way for researchers to test long-term dietary carotenoid intake in people) also tended to have denser, stronger bones. This then means that it may be beneficial for our bones to consume carotenoid-rich foods regularly, such as zucchini. And, an animal study showed that bone formation is directly induced by lutein. Research indicates that consuming carotenoid-rich foods could delay or decrease your risk of developing cardiovascular disease. The main sentence, however, is to eat foods high in carotenoids, not to take supplements. The potassium you get in zucchini is also healthy for your blood pressure, as is the fiber for general heart health.
The nutritious fruit is also known for its ability to contribute to a healthier digestive system. It is rich in water, which makes the digestion processes faster and easier. It feeds on the bacteria in the tract that nourishes the intestines, and even support your diet in treating Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Crohn’s disease, and ulcerative colitis. Another significant aspect is the zucchinis’ ability to reduce blood sugar levels, it would be especially useful for those with diabetes.
Although all this research can be promising, bear in mind that it all looks at carotenoids, not at zucchini in particular. Put another way, zucchini is not, at least not yet, a cure-all. Even, it's low-calorie and low-carb and filled with enough nutrients that are good for you, so tuck it into fast bread, pancakes, and quesadillas, and make it a star of the meal à la zucchini boats and zucchini Hasselback.