Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Spotlight on Asparagus!


I don't love asparagus, but I eat it once in a while.   It’s lean, it’s green, it’s full of nutrients, and it can help reduce your risk of serious health problems. It’s asparagus! Asparagus comes in green, purple, and white varieties, but no matter which one ...you choose to eat, you’ll be able to reap the healthy benefits. Here are 3 reasons to appreciate asparagus:

1. Asparagus is High in Vitamin K and Antioxidants
Asparagus is a great source of Vitamin K, which helps build strong bones and promote blood clotting. It also contains large amounts of antioxidants to help your body fight off free radicals and reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.
2. Asparagus is a Great Source of Folate. Asparagus is high in folate, which is important during pregnancy. One study has also shown that elderly people who eat high-folate diets have a reduced risk of chronic diseases.
3. Asparagus is a Low Calorie Snack. Asparagus is low in calories, too! It only contains about 27 calories per cup. Plus, it’s filling, so that makes it an excellent snack choice.

Information courtesy of Beachbody.