What Makes Asparagus an Amazing Nutritional Powerhouse?
Asparagus season is just wrapping up in our little valley. There are a few days left to buy farm fresh, locally grown asparagus, and then the season will be over until next spring. There are last-minute reminders up on the farmer's market bulletin board, and folks in town are scrambling to get the last few bundles to pickle or grill up this weekend.
Asparagus is a Nutritional Powerhouse
Asparagus can be an expensive vegetable. Even in season, a small bundle costs as much as several times the amount of carrots, onions, celery, or lettuce. But nutritionally speaking, this is a vegetable that gives a huge return on your investment!
Did you know that a half-cup serving of asparagus (about 67 grams) has no fat, cholesterol or salt, and contains only 15 calories? Of those few calories, 4 come from fibre and 4 from protein. Asparagus has many of the same nutrients as green leafy vegetables , so it's a great choice on a day when you aren't planning to eat a salad or to use greens as a side dish.
In addition to supplying vitamins A, C, E and K, and several B vitamins, asparagus provides a number of vitamins including calcium, iron, and copper. It contains a variety of antioxidants that help to stave off the aging process, and has anti-inflammatory properties as well. Glutathione, one of the plant's antioxidants, is known to help rid the body of various toxins and to prevent some types of cancer. Components in these tasty green spears can help protect us against heart disease and type 2 diabetes, as well.
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