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Health benefits of squash you need to know

Updated On Jul 13, 2022 01:08 PM IST
  • Here are few magical health benefits of the underrated plant chayote which is also known as chow-chow or squash in India.
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Chayote, also known as chow-chow, is a plant that belongs to the gourd family, Cucurbitaceae. It is grown in Madurai and Nilgiri district of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, West Bengal, Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh and entire north-eastern region. In the east and northeastern states of India, it is known as squash. This fruit is not very famous in regions it is not grown in but has several health benefits. In fact, the root, stem, seeds and leaves are edible as well and has its own unique benefits.(Pexels) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Updated on Jul 13, 2022 01:08 PM IST

Chayote, also known as chow-chow, is a plant that belongs to the gourd family, Cucurbitaceae. It is grown in Madurai and Nilgiri district of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, West Bengal, Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh and entire north-eastern region. In the east and northeastern states of India, it is known as squash. This fruit is not very famous in regions it is not grown in but has several health benefits. In fact, the root, stem, seeds and leaves are edible as well and has its own unique benefits.(Pexels)

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Promote heart health: Chayote may promote heart health and reduce the risk of heart diseases like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and poor blood flow.(Unsplash) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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Promote heart health: Chayote may promote heart health and reduce the risk of heart diseases like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and poor blood flow.(Unsplash)

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Rich in nutrients: It has high nutrition content and is packed with essential vitamins, minerals and fibre.(Unsplash) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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Rich in nutrients: It has high nutrition content and is packed with essential vitamins, minerals and fibre.(Unsplash)

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Packed with antioxidants: Chayote provides antioxidants like vitamin C and myricetin to the body that helps against cellular damage, reduce inflammation, and lower stress within your body.(Unsplash) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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Packed with antioxidants: Chayote provides antioxidants like vitamin C and myricetin to the body that helps against cellular damage, reduce inflammation, and lower stress within your body.(Unsplash)

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Promote digestion: Adding chayote to your diet can help promote bowel regularity by maintaining healthy gut bacteria.(Unsplash) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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Promote digestion: Adding chayote to your diet can help promote bowel regularity by maintaining healthy gut bacteria.(Unsplash)

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May have anticancer effects: Studies suggest chayote contains compounds that may reduce the growth of and progression of some cancer cells, but more studies are needed to back this claim.(Unsplash) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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May have anticancer effects: Studies suggest chayote contains compounds that may reduce the growth of and progression of some cancer cells, but more studies are needed to back this claim.(Unsplash)

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