Why You Should Aspire to Eat More Asparagus
By Brandi Goodman
National Asparagus Month in May encourages people to eat more of the green vegetable. Aside from the fact that it's a veggie -- which you're already encouraged to eat more of -- this particular one truly has some great benefits. You should aspire to eat more asparagus this month and thereafter because of its many health advantages.
It's Full of Fiber
Fiber is necessary for a solid digestive tract. Eat a full cup of asparagus and you're getting nearly 3 grams of it. It's not as much as an apple, but still a worthwhile factor when you're looking for a vegetable to add to your plate.
It's Packed With Vitamins
Vitamins are necessary for good health. You can get a good dose out of your food if you choose the right options. Asparagus is a great source for Vitamin K, C, and A. Those come with some serious health benefits, including the power of antioxidants and keeping your bones healthy.
It's Ideal for Pregnancy
If you're expecting, then asparagus should definitely be in your meal plan. The veggie is an excellent source of folate, which you need for your cells and DNA-making capabilities. It aids in the healthy development of the baby. Even if you aren't expecting, folate is still a necessary part of the diet so your body can form red blood cells. Everyone should be eating asparagus and other veggies for this reason.
It's Low in Calories
A low-calorie snack is what you need when you're trying to lose or maintain weight. Seasoned and cooked asparagus can be a crunchy snack when you're in the mood for it. You can eat a full cup and not even take in 40 calories. It can be paired with any meal, especially a lean meat so you're getting plenty of protein, fiber, and vitamins without adding a significant calorie increase to your day.
Your body needs to stay hydrated to stay healthy. Drinking lots of water isn't always possible or desired. You can use foods to improve your hydration in those cases. Asparagus, for example, is made of roughly 94 percent water. This water-rich food is great for your diet.
You can enjoy asparagus in numerous ways. Eat it cold, sear it on your pan with some garlic and seasoning, grill it up, or dice it into a good meal. Asparagus has numerous benefits for your health and should be incorporated into your weekly menu from here on out.
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