Carb and nutrient value of courgettes for the diabetic diet

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T

hey can be used in cake,

just like grated carrot

can be used, making a

great foil for chocolate,

and can even be added

to bread (see recipe overleaf). Related

to squash, pumpkin, cucumbers and

watermelons,courgettes like all squash,

has its ancestry in the Americas.

However, the varieties of squash typically

called "zucchini" were developed in Italy,

many generations after their introduction

from the Americas.

They are versatile veg, being able to

be grilled, cut into batons and eaten raw

with dips, or gently fried in butter and a

little oil with garlic and some little tomato

puree added.

Note, researchers have found that

steaming was the best way to preserve

the antioxidant activity of courgette than

boiling or microwaving. Interestingly,

Also known as zucchini

or summer squash, you'll be

amazed at the goodness packed

inside a courgette, and how versatile as

ingredients they can be in cooking.

JOLLY GREEN

GIANTS

even previously frozen zucchini holds

its antioxidant activity fairly well after

steaming, great news if you enjoys

steamed vegetables but need to freeze

surplus for later use.

POWERHOUSE

Low fat, low GI, courgettes are also

full to busting with antioxidant benefits

being a good source of manganese,

vitamin C and beta carotene. They also

contain antioxidant nutrients including the

carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin which

are especially helpful in protecting against

age-related macular degeneration and

cataracts. While we often think first about

carrots providing us with antioxidantrelated

eye health benefits, now you can

add in courgettes for doing just as good a

job in this area.

In relation to a subject close to many a

diabetics heart, the metabolism of sugar

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