I bought some purple Asparagus at the farmer’s market recently, and was amazed by its taste. I started researching the health benefits and was surprised to find that it was very beneficial.
Asparagus is very low carb, so it’s the perfect side dish that won’t require much, if any, additional insulin, nor should it cause much glucose rise. One cup only has 5 grams of carbs and 3 grams of fiber, so that’s a net 2 grams.
Purple Asparagus (pictured here) is supposed to have 20% more sugar content, but it’s still a low carb vegetable. Once I cooked the asparagus, the purple color faded and they looked green.
Asparagus is a versatile and nutritious vegetable that has numerous health benefits. It is low in calories, high in fiber, and is a great source of vitamins and minerals. Asparagus is rich in folate, which is essential for pregnant women and helps prevent birth defects. It also contains vitamin K, which promotes healthy bone density and blood clotting. Additionally, asparagus is a natural diuretic, as it contains the amino acid asparagine, which helps flush out excess water and toxins from the body. This vegetable is also known to have anti-inflammatory properties, which can help reduce the risk of chronic diseases like heart disease and cancer. Overall, incorporating asparagus into your diet can provide a variety of health benefits for your body.
Cooking Asparagus is Easy
To prepare asparagus, all you need to do is trim off the tough ends (I snap them off) and give them a quick rinse. Then, toss them in butter or olive oil with some garlic, salt, and pepper. Sauté or bake them in the oven until tender and slightly crispy. Finish them off with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese.
If you don’t often have fresh lemons or lemon juice, you could try buying the True Lemon crystallized lemon which has a long shelf life.
You may have heard the asparagus makes your pee smell funny. It’s true. But I think it’s well worth it for the amazing taste and health benefits. What’s most interesting (to me) is how quickly it causes this effect!