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The courgette (‘zucchini’ in American English) belongs to the same family as the pumpkin. Per 100g it provides 29.5 calories (ideal for diets), 92mg of water, 6g of carbohydrates, 1.3g of fibre, 400g of potassium (more then bananas), 10g of vitamin C and 6mcg of folates (vitamin B9).
Folates are responsible for the body producing red and white blood cells. But they also collaborate in a special way to reinforce the immune system, which is key in increasing our defences.
Its magnesium and potassium content strengthens the nervous and muscular systems. If we add this to the quantity of magnesium it contains, we can say that the courgette is the perfect vegetable for toning up our body.
Nevertheless, it contains more than just minerals and vitamins. It also contains mucilage, a substance that helps mucus in the stomach to digest food more fluidly. Thus, it is important to include the courgette in our diet as much as possible. Your body will thank you for it.
The courgette is a highly nutritious food that also helps us to slim down.
It has very few calories but has lots of minerals and vitamins to make up for it. Furthermore, it is unbeatable for treating digestive problems and has numerous uses in the kitchen.
It is important to know that the proportion per 1000g of this food contains the following: 43mg of calcium, 18mg of magnesium, 20g of vitamin C, 3mg of sodium, 290mg of potassium, 20mg of phosphorus, 2.20mg of carbohydrates, 0.4g of fat, 1.3g of fibre, 96ml of water and between 18 and 31 calories.
Although it belongs to the same species as the pumpkin, the courgette has its own characteristics other than its size, colour or variety. It is mainly composed of water and carbohydrates, as well as a minimal proportion of fats and proteins.
Similarly, consuming this vegetable affords us a moderate dose of fibre and the presence of vitamin B9 and traces of vitamin C.
The courgette contains rather low quantities of beta-carotenes and vitamin A, unlike the pumpkin, which is very rich in both. However, it does have an abundance of minerals, especially potassium.
Among the reasons to consume it, we may mention that:
It is very digestive. This vegetable has emollient properties, or to put it another way, it soothes the digestive system. As it has a slight laxative effect, it is ideal for delicate stomachs, indigestion, gastritis and cases of constipation.
Courgettes contribute to weight loss. In their natural form, and due to their low calorie level, they are usually included in weight loss diet programmes. Frying is not advised because it can duplicate your recommended daily allowance as it absorbs a lot of oil.
They are good for the heart and kidneys. Their high potassium and low sodium content allow them to be included in diets for those who suffer kidney or cardiovascular problems. Their consumption is also advisable for people who are trying to control high blood pressure.