April is for Asparagus
By Brandi Goodman
April is a month for mild weather. It's the perfect time for asparagus to ripen and be perfect to eat. Though this vegetable isn't as widely liked as some other choices, the health benefits it provides makes it a worthwhile addition to your menu. The typical green option isn't your only choice either. Asparagus also comes in white and purple, with the purple having a bit of a sweeter taste.
If you're looking to enjoy a meal without that many calories, asparagus should be included with it. Cook up a half-cup of the vegetable and you'll only be eating 20 calories. It's a great snack solution for anyone looking to lose weight. Purple asparagus can be eaten raw thanks to the hint of fruitiness that comes with the flavor.
The Power of Protein
Protein is essential for weight loss and also for remaining healthy. Vegetables don't always boast a high protein content, but just a half-cup of asparagus has more than 2 grams. This is a worthwhile amount that you can be proud to eat.
Asparagus offers many essential vitamins. Vitamin K is in abundance in the vegetable. It provides more than 50 percent of the daily recommended value. This vitamin helps with the blood clotting process. There is also 18 percent of the daily value of Vitamin A and 12 percent of the necessary amount of Vitamin C. Vitamin A is good for the immune system and the eyes. Vitamin C also helps the immune system and is necessary for many functions of the body. Vitamin E, which acts as an antioxidant, is also found in asparagus. It provides 7 percent of the daily value.
Vitamin E is not the only antioxidant source in asparagus. Flavonoids, polyphenols, and glutathione, along with Vitamin C, are also included as antioxidants in this vegetable. These all work together to fight disease and keep the immune system as healthy as possible.
Digestive and Heart Health
Digestive and heart health go hand-in-hand. With proper digestion and a diet rich in fiber, the heart will also remain healthy and well. You should experience a reduced risk of heart disease due to lower blood pressure. Asparagus contains nearly 2 grams in just a half-cup.
Whether you fry up some asparagus on the stove or grill asparagus alongside your burgers, the vegetable can make a healthy addition to any meal. Enjoy it the way you like, seasoning and all, and get the benefits it provides.
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