Is Zucchini a Carb?

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A sugary doughnut and a plate of steamed zucchini may seem like strange companions, but they both belong to the same nutrient family -- carbohydrates. There are three different types of carbohydrates found in food: sugar, starch and fiber. Starch and fiber are known as complex carbohydrates because they are processed slowly in the body and keep your blood sugar stable. Steam, roast or saute zucchini for a healthy, complex-carbohydrate dish.

A-peeling Zucchini

One cup of chopped, raw zucchini with peels has a carbohydrate content of 3.86 grams and has 1.2 grams of dietary fiber, which is the indigestible part of a plant. Although you can't derive nutrients from fiber, it plays an essential role in healthy digestion, promotes regular bowel movements and gives you the feeling of satiety. Adults need 25 to 30 grams of fiber per day. A serving of zucchini also has 3.1 grams of natural sugars, including sucrose, glucose and dextrose. Your body needs some sugars to supply your brain and body with quick energy. There is no starch in a serving of zucchini.

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