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Start Your Fall Diet Right With Sunchokes

By Brandi Goodman 

The fall months see many fruits and vegetables come into season. Sunchokes are among that list. Previously known as Jerusalem artichokes, this vegetable is normally light brown in color and has a refrigerator drawer life of up to three weeks. There are sweet, nutty, and crunchy qualities in the sunchoke that make it great to cook with. 

Reducing the Risk of Heart Disease

Sunchokes are high in potassium. A one cup serving contains more than 600 milligrams. This can reduce the risk of heart disease and is ideal for overall health. Potassium helps to combat the effects of sodium. It's great for reducing high blood pressure as well. For a healthier heart, eat sunchokes regularly while they're in season throughout the fall and spring.

Managing Weight

If you're looking for a healthy snack to enjoy while you manage your weight, give sunchokes a try. They're just 100 calories in a full cup. You can cook them just like you would potatoes, mashing them, slicing them, dicing them, roasting them, baking them, or choosing any other option you desire. Sprinkle on a bit of seasoning and you'll have a tasty appetizer.

Increasing Your Iron

Low iron levels can be a sign of anemia. You may be encouraged to consume foods high in iron to increase your levels, such as fortified cereals, spinach, and quinoa. Sunchokes have even more iron than these choices. One cup of slices provides more than 5 milligrams. 

Safe for Diabetics

People with diabetes need to watch how much sugar they're eating. Sunchokes have inulin (not insulin) that is safe for diabetics to have. It's essentially a way to make food sweet without having to add sugar and is safer for the body. It doesn't get metabolized in the same manner. 

Aiding Digestion

Because of the fiber found in sunchokes, you can aid your digestion. Just be sure not to eat too much. You may experience some abdominal discomfort if you do. Keep to one serving of the vegetable per day so you're not overdoing it and cut back even more if you have any issues. 

Sunchokes may not be the most popular option, but they're a great one. Find the vegetable from local farmers and see what creations you come up with to enjoy. They're packed with lots of nutrients that make them worthwhile.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Santee, Calif.

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