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Secret Effects of Eating Zucchini, Says Science

All the more reason to cook up some zoodles!

This summer veggie is well known for being quite versatile; you can turn it into homemade "zoodles," pizza, and even bread. Yet, beyond its culinary flexibility, it also induces some serious benefits on our health! From better digestion to fighting infection, this non-starchy vegetable is an all-star player for upping your nutrition game. Here's what to know about eating zucchini, and for even more healthy tips, be sure to read up on our list of The 7 Healthiest Foods to Eat Right Now.

Soothes tummy troubles.

roasted zucchini

If you struggle with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), zucchini may be your go-to tummy-friendly veggie. Zucchini is low in a group of fibers that are hard to digest called FODMAPs. Low FODMAP foods are significantly less likely to cause bloating, pain, or GI distress—especially in those with IBS!

Here are The Best Low-FODMAP Foods (and What Foods to Avoid).

Stabilizes blood sugars.


Zucchini is a low-carb, low-glycemic option that is easy on your post-meal blood sugar spike. If you are watching your carb intake for your health, eating zucchini is just what the doctor ordered. Bottom line: zoodles are blood sugar friendly!

Decreases risk for heart disease.

grilled zucchini

Zucchini is high in soluble fiber. Soluble fiber is a specific type of fiber that binds cholesterol and fats in the intestinal tract. Eating adequate soluble fiber can lower cholesterol and promote a healthy heart!

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans suggest eating 25 grams of fiber per day for women or 38 grams of fiber per day for men to significantly lower blood levels of cholesterol.

May aid weight loss efforts.

zucchini noodles

More and more research shows that eating increased amounts of fruit and veggies is associated with maintaining a healthy weight. Zucchini is a versatile veggie that can be snuck into just about any dish. It freezes well too, so make sure to make a double batch to stick in the freezer for later!

Need some zucchini inspiration? We've got you covered with these 25 zucchini recipes.

Helps fight infection.

zucchini cut

Zucchini is a good source of Vitamin B6—a powerful vitamin for our immune health. Vitamin B6 deficiency has been correlated with a decrease in lymphocyte cell production. These cells are one of the powerhouses of our immune system. They work to fight infection and ward off intrusive viruses!

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Caroline Thomason, RDN
Caroline is a women's health Registered Dietitian and diabetes educator based in Northern Virginia. Read more about Caroline
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