Despite making your pee smell funny, asparagus is actually one of the most healthy and nutritious vegetable.
Asparagus is best when grown and picked fresh. The less time it takes to get asparagus from the field to the plate, the better it will taste. This is because sugars in the plant start to turn to starch once it's picked.
Health Benefits of Aspragus
Asparagus contain many nutrients but only small calories. Among the health nutrient found in this vegetables include protein, fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin K, folate, potassium, phosphorous and Vitamin E. It also contains small amounts of iron, zinc and riboflavin.
Aspragus is a good source of antioxidants, which helps in protecting your cell from harmful effects of free radicals and oxidative stress. It is particularly high in flavonoids quercetin, isorhamnetin and kaempferol. These substances are known for lowering blood pressure, anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties and anti-cancer effects.
Asparus can help improve your digestive health, because it contains a lot of fiber. In fact, a cup of this healthy veggie contain 1.8 grams of fiber, which is 7% of your daily needs.
Asparacus helps support healthy pregnancy because it's an excellent source of foltae or Vitamin B9. Folate is an essential nutrient that helps form red blood cells and produce DNA for health growth and development.
Asparagus is a perfect diet food for people trying to lose weight. This is because it is low in calories, with only 20 calories in half a cup. It also contains 94% water, which many research have suggested to help with weight loss.
Garlic Sauteed Asparagus Recipe
- 1 bunch asparagus
- 3 tablesppons butter
- 3 cloves garlic crushed
- Melt the butter in a large pan over a medium heat.
- Add the garlic and asparagus and cover. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally so that the garlic and asparagus don't stick to the bottom of the pan.
- Remove from the heat once the asparagus is tender.
For more healthy vegetable recipes, check out our recipe section.
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