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Many dieters swear by low-carb eating. Others must reduce the number of processed carbohydrates in their diet for health reasons, or manage chronic conditions. Those who follow a vegan diet may choose to avoid pasta altogether, to remove the risk of consuming eggs. Adding vegetables to your diet can be simple with creative substitutions. Using "zoodles" or zucchini noodles in place of pasta can help increase your vegetable intake and reduce your simple carbohydrate consumption.

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1. What is Zucchini?

Zoodles are made form the vegetable zucchini - a "summer squash." These are different from fall squash in that they're harvested before the rind hardens. The nutrient-rich peels of zucchini may be eaten along with the spongy flesh. Zucchini is low in calories due to the amount of water in the flesh. Unlike other summer squashes, zucchini has a mild flavor, thus making it a very versatile ingredient in many foods, as a side dish, or as a replacement for your favorite spaghetti noodles. If you have a spiralizer at home, you can create "zoodles" and take advantage of the many health benefits of zucchini.

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