Zucchini has a bevy of health benefits whether eaten raw or cooked. Some of those benefits will be shared below.
Lower cholesterol: The dietary fiber in zucchini helps lower cholesterol by attaching itself to bile acids the liver makes from cholesterol for digesting fat. Fiber binds particularly well with bile acid, crowding its ability to immediately digest fat, thereby charging the liver to produce more bile acid. That causes the liver to draw upon even more cholesterol to produce more bile acid, consequently lowering your overall cholesterol level. Besides that, 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: Since 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. Additionally, 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.
Prostrate health: Studies show that the phytonutrients in zucchini assist in reducing the symptoms of benign prostatic hypertrophy (BOH), a condition in which the prostate gland enlarges and leads to complications with urination and sexual functions in man.
These are just a few of the health benefits zucchini has to offer; but they should be enough to get your family to try this recipe for baked zucchini sticks.
- 2 zucchini
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup panko bread crumbs
- ⅓ cup parmesan cheese
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- Dash of salt and pepper
- Cooking spray
- Cut zucchini into sticks, careful not to make them too thin or they will get mushy when baked.
- Lightly beat eggs in one bowl, then combine remaining ingredients in another bowl.
- Dip zucchini into eggs first, then coat with breadcrumb mixture.
- Place zucchini on a baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray.
- Bake at 400°F for 10 – 15 minute, turning once.
Recipe by sillysaudi who bills this recipe as a healthier version of the classic fried zucchini sticks.
Recipe from BigOven