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Monday, January 16, 2012

Low Fat Baked Zucchini Patties and Zucchini Health Benefits

Many studies have proven to show this delicious vegetable can be an  aid to prevent many illnesses
2 cups zucchini, grated
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup fine dry breadcrumbs
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, black pepper and parsley
pinch of cayenne
3 cloves minced garlic finely chopped
2 teaspoons Old Bay Seafood seasoning
1/4 cup chopped red peppers
1 teaspoon fat free mayonnaise
Canola oil
Drain grated zucchini well, pressing between layers of paper towels.
Combine zucchini and all ingredients in a large bowl. Divide mixture into 8 portions, shaping each into a patties.. (Mixture will be soft.)

Bake patties on a parchment lined sprayed cookie sheet with cooking oil. If you want to fry them which is not low fat,use a small amount of canola oil and saute on both side. Cook until they are soft and browned on both sides.

The health benefits of this great vegetable called Zucchini

Great for Dieters!
One cup of zucchini has 36 calories contains 10% dietary fiber which aids in digestion, prevents constipation, maintains low blood sugar and curbs overeating.
Lowers Cholesterol
The dietary fiber in zucchini helps lower cholesterol by attaching itself to bile acids that the liver makes from cholesterol for digesting fat. Because fiber binds so well with bile acid, thus crowding its ability to immediately digest fat, the liver is charged with producing more bile acid.
The liver then draws upon even more cholesterol to produce bile acid, consequently lowering the overall cholesterol level in the body. Furthermore, the high levels of vitamin C and vitamin A prevent cholesterol from oxidizing in the body's blood vessels, thus hampering the onset of atherosclerosis.
Cancer Prevention
Because dietary fiber promotes healthy and regular bowel movements, the high amounts of fiber in zucchini also help prevent carcinogenic toxins from settling in the colon. The vitamins C and A, as well as folate, found in zucchini act as powerful antioxidants that fight oxidative stress that can lead to many different types of cancer.
Prostate Health
Studies have shown that the phytonutrients in zucchini aid in reducing the symptoms of benign
prostatic hypertrophy, a condition in which the prostate gland enlarges and leads
to complications with urination and sexual functions in men.
Vitamin C and A can help in anti inflammatory agents. Cooper is also found in zucchini, these vitamins deter the development of many disorders including asthma, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention
A one cup serving of zucchini contains over 10% of the RDA of magnesium, this is mineral proven to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke.
Lower Blood Pressure
Along with magnesium, the potassium found in zucchini helps lower blood pressure.
Both the potassium and magnesium in zucchini, can help alleviate the stress on the circulatory system.