Seniors who have healthy eating habits may be able to fight off illnesses faster than those who don’t. From cancer prevention and heart health to staving off Alzheimer’s disease, incorporating vegetables into your diet is always a good idea!
There is one veggie in particular that deserves a shout out — zucchini! Not only is it delicious, but it’s packed with a punch of health benefits! Here are some convincing reasons to put zucchini on your favorite senior’s plate!
Adding zucchini to your diet can help with a host of digestive issues such as constipation and leaky gut syndrome. It also has a high concentration of water and these other good-for-you attributes:
- Dietary Fiber
- Vitamins C, K, and B6
Serving up a plateful of zucchini can slow down aging due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Jammed with antioxidants, zucchini can knock out free radicals and other toxins!
A Tip-Top Ticker!
Since zucchini is low in fat and sodium, it’s a heart-healthy option! Some other hearty benefits? Better circulation and lower cholesterol levels.
Eye Can See You!
For many seniors, maintaining eye health is crucial to preventing conditions such as glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration. Zucchini has the following vitamins and minerals that are great for your peepers!
- Vitamin C
A Burst of Energy!
It’s important for seniors to be active and their energy levels can determine how active they can be. With vitamins and minerals such as riboflavin, folate, and B6 in zucchini, it can help improve moods and fight fatigue.
Many ask, “What’s the difference between zucchini and squash?” Well, the only difference is the color! Zucchini and Squash are from the same veggie family, so whether you prefer yellow or green, you can still get the same health benefits!
The Arbors Assisted Living community encourages and supports healthy eating habits and food choices for our senior residents. We provide a variety of nutritious meals that foster a healthful lifestyle. Contact us to learn more!