Summer squash is incredibly flavorful while also being wonderfully nutritious. In this post, we’ll share numerous health benefits of a particular type of summer squash—zucchini—(and you can find more information about health benefits of squash, overall, in our recent post at The Chef’s Garden).
Health benefits of zucchini, according to Healthline.com, include improved digestion and better gut health—and it can also help to lower blood sugar and insulin levels in people who have type 2 diabetes. Zucchini can help to prevent blood sugar spikes after meals and boost insulin sensitivity, which in turn may lead to a reduced need for diabetes medicine.
Summer squash may lead to a lower risk of heart disease, in large part because of its high fiber, being especially effective at helping to lower total cholesterol levels and LDL (“bad”) cholesterol. The potassium in it may help to lower the risk of having high blood pressure, which plays a key role in heart health.
Zucchini can help to protect your vision, even improve it; assist in weight loss, with all the benefits that come with being at an optimal weight; boost bone health; perhaps help to limit the growth of certain cancer cells; stabilize thyroid hormone levels; and more.
VeryWellFit.com points out that eating zucchini can also help you to have better looking skin. That’s because its vitamin C plays a role in producing collagen, which is your skin’s main protein.
Squash Recipes to Enjoy
- Summer Squash Tart Recipe
- Baked Ricotta Squash Blossom With Squash Attached
- Seared Summer Squash
- Squash Blossom Quesadilla
- Squash Blossom Tomato Herb Focaccia
- Summer Succotash with Squash Blooms
Plus, you can use a mandoline slicer to create zucchini noodles (“zoodles”) that you can use as a healthy alternative to pasta in dishes. Here’s more info about veggie carbs and their benefits.
Summer Squash: Fun Facts
- Summer squash seeds were found in Mexican caves—that were 10,000 years old! In Ecuador, squash seeds found have been 12,000 years old.
- A Native American name for this delightful food was “askutasquash,” which translates into “eaten raw.” That alone reveals how flavorful fresh summer squash can be.
- Get ready for an upcoming holiday: August 8th, which is National Zucchini Day (also known as Sneak a Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Day). As The Old Farmer’s Almanac shares, “To celebrate it, you simply wait until the dead of night and quietly creep up to your neighbors’ front doors, leaving plenty of zucchini for them to enjoy.”
- Squash grows like crazy in warm weather and therefore needs to be picked each day. Otherwise, they can grow to be too big and take up too much of the sun’s energy.
- As a youngster, Farmer Lee Jones didn’t like to pick squash. Enjoy it at lunch, sure! Enjoy it at dinner, absolutely! Pick it, no. That’s because, if he wanted to avoid getting red and irritated skin from tiny prickers on squash, he needed to wear gloves and a long-sleeved shirt on hot days.
Order Your Farm Fresh Summer Squash
Order! Prepare. Enjoy. Repeat! (You can also buy extra squash to celebrate Sneak a Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Day in style.)