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5 Amazing Things About Zucchini

Update Date: Aug 11, 2014 12:52 PM EDT

Zucchini is an extremely versatile veggie. Eaten raw or cooked, it supplies solid amount of vitamins and minerals in every form. Zucchini squash (courgette) is also one of the most popular summer squashes in Americas and Europe.

Here are six other amazing things about the summer squash. 

Reduces weight

Zucchinis contain anti-oxidant value of  180 Trolex Equivalents (TE) per 100g, which is less than some berries and vegetables, nevertheless, it is one of the most common vegetable to be included in the weight reduction and cholesterol control programs.

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Low in calories

One cup of sliced zucchini has about 19 calories which is 40 to 50 percent lower than the same serving size for other low-cal green veggies such as broccoli and Brussels sprouts. 

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Good for heart

Zucchini is also rich in potassium: 295 milligrams per cup (8 percent of the recommended daily value). According to American Heart Association, potassium helps control blood pressures by lessening the harmful effects of salt on body. Studies also suggest that boosting potassium intake can lower stroke risk. 

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Replacement for pasta 

"Zoodles" are becoming great pasta alternative. These are also easier to make with the help of some kitchen gadgets. Another popular choice is to add it to the spaghetti recipes. 

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It's not always green

Zucchini are not always green unlike other veggies. There's also a yellow variety of zucchini and a golden zucchini that has a sweeter flavor than the green zucchini. 

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