Veggie of the Week: Asparagus!

January 2, 2017

 

Aside from being low in calories (about 20 per serving), Asparagus has a multitude of other properties that will make your body feel good. 

We all know that after eating asparagus, we experience some smell in our bodily fluids.. but why is that? Simply because it is detoxifying, so when eating asparagus we are able to expel a lot of toxins as well as salt. In fact, it can be beneficial to eat asparagus when experiencing water retention, bloating, or even edema and high blood pressure.

Asparagus is technically descending from a flower, from the lily family. Its antioxidant properties are probably the highlight, including vitamins such as vitamin C, E, and beta-carotene. It helps protect the skin from UV damage and is overall believed to help slow down the aging process. Not only that, but these antioxidants, specifically vitamin B and K, can also help regulate insulin levels, and therefore reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrients, specifically vitamin E, also enable our body to prevent and fight against free radicals and destroy certain types of cancer cells. 

Like many vegetables, the fiber content in asparagus is high, about 2g per serving, and improves digestion and keeps the “good” bacteria growing in your intestines. It will also make you feel fuller for longer!

Need another reason to eat asparagus? It is believed to be an aphrodisiac just like oysters, dark chocolate, and ginger, although it sounds a lot less sexy…!

 

So to start off the year on the right foot, we have decided to serve you some rich veggie! Come try our crispy oven-roasted garlic asparagus :)

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