In Mexico, one of the most popular and consumed vegetables is usually zucchini, that famous food that has become a staple of the kitchen, like corn and beans, and that is really so delicious and accessible that it combines perfectly with everything that is combined.
Despite being a widely consumed food, very few of us know everything that the zucchini can contribute to our body and health, since it is not very common for human beings to take the trouble to investigate everything that we take to the mouth.
Finding out about what we consume is not bad, on the contrary, our body could benefit much more from this, so we have decided to present you all the benefits of zucchini and how they help our health.
BENEFITS OF ZUCCHINI
· About 90% of its weight is water, so it is low in calories.
· ½ cup of zucchini contains more than 1 gram of fiber.
· It is an important source of potassium, so it helps control blood pressure by lowering sodium in the blood; it is ideal for people with hypertension.
· It is an important source of iron, ideal to be consumed by children and young women.
· It is rich in vitamin C and A, especially in carotenes, zeaxanthin and lutein, which work as antioxidants protecting the cell membrane, encouraging aging and preventing diseases by detecting free radicals
· It has no fat or calories.
· Helps to stimulate the immune system preventing colds and the appearance of kidney stones.
· Strengthens bones and teeth.
· It helps you keep your skin healthy.
· It is recommended to eat it with everything and skin, since most of its antioxidants and fiber are found in it.
· It is rich in B-complex vitamins, folate, B6, B1, B2, B3, and choline, as well as minerals such as iron, manganese, and phosphorus.
TYPES OF PUMPKINS
There is a great variety of pumpkin species, but, among the best known, first of all we find:
· The famous Cururbita maxima pumpkin, which is better known as the Halloween pumpkin
· The species Cucurbita mostacha and from this the pumpkin flower is extracted, its shape is very similar to that of a peanut, its shell is smooth and orange in color.
· The Cucurbita pepo, which is better identified as zucchini, zuccini or zucchini, which is identified by having a shade that ranges from green to yellow and having an elongated or round shape.
· The Cucurbita argyrosperma, which has an oval shape and is commonly known as pipiana; Of this, its seed is usually used more, since it has a high content of oil and protein, which are used to make sauces such as pipián.
· The Cucurbita ficifolia, which is commonly known as chilacayote; This pumpkin is usually confused with the pepo because of its color, since, when it is tender, it measures 6 to 12 cm, but, when ripe, it usually reaches 20 or 25 cm.
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