Zucchini (also known as courgette or summer squash) is a type of small, young marrow with a tender, edible skin. The skin contains most of the nutrients of this vegetable. It can be eaten raw, provided its bitter stems are removed, but is usually steamed, boiled or sautéed. Small Zucchini can also be cooked whole.
A 100g portion of lightly boiled zucchini provides a little under 50 percent of the Vitamin C and a sixth of the folate an adult needs each day while supplying only 62 calories. So it aids weight loss.
Zucchini is also great for digestion due to its fibre and water content.
Zucchini contains beta-carotene, zeaxanthin and lutein so is excellent for eyes. Its Vitamin C and polyphenols content has positive effects on thyroid and adrenal glands and helps regulate insulin levels.
Zucchini is also rich in anti-inflammatory compounds and is a great antioxidant. All these benefits are extremely impressive so do aim to consume Zucchini regularly in your diet.