Monday, 13 June 2016

7 Healthy Reasons to Love Asparagus

7 Healthy Reasons to Love Asparagus
7 Healthy Reasons to Love Asparagus
There are few things that signal early summer more than fresh, in-season, home-grown grown asparagus. British asparagus is generally available from May to the end of June, so now’s the time to make the most of these delicious, flavour-packed stalks! From anti-ageing to making healthy babies, discover the A-Z of health benefits packed into these flavourful spears....

7 Healthy Reasons to Love Asparagus

1. It’s ‘ACE’ for Anti-Ageing

From A to Z, asparagus is rich in many of the free-radical fighting vitamins and minerals that help slow the ageing process, such as Vitamins A, C & E plus minerals manganese, selenium & zinc.

2. It’s Super For Blood Sugar Levels

Asparagus spears are an excellent natural source the B vitamins that play a critical role in metabolism and healthy blood sugar levels, including thiamine (Vitamin B1), riboflavin (Vitamin B2) and folic acid (Vitamin B9), as well as a very good source of niacin (Vitamin B3), pantothenic acid (Vitamin B5), pyridoxine (Vitamin B6) and choline.

3. It’s a Champion Cholesterol-Lowering Food!

As well as being naturally low in fat and high in dietary fibre, a scientific study in 2011 found that the nutrients present in asparagus may play an active role in lowering harmful LDL cholesterol (Phytotherapy Research Jan 2011). However, just be careful not to load on the saturated fat when serving it – see below for great low fat asparagus recipes.

4. It’s Great for your Gut

Asparagus is a great way to boost your intake of the insoluble fibre, inulin, which in the colon ferments into healthy micro flora that can help in reducing bloating.

5. It’s High in Heart-Healthy Goodness

Asparagus is rich in soluble dietary fibre which along with B-Vitamins (see point 2) means that asparagus can play an important role in helping to maintain a healthy heart.

6. It’s Perfect for Parents Planning Pregnancy

Once again, the B-vitamins present naturally in asparagus (this time, folic acid) means that it’s great food to eat for both future Mums and Dads too. Folic acid is well known for being highly recommended to woman planning a pregnancy due to the role it plays in helping to prevent neural tube defects. In addition, laboratory research has shown that it may also help future Dads too. What’s more, asparagus has long been considered to be an aphrodisiac too!

7. It’s Super for Strong Bones

Asparagus is a great vegetarian source of iron and also Vitamin K, both of which are vital for helping the body absorb the calcium it needs for strong, healthy bones and preventing the effects of osteoporosis.

Healthy Asparagus Recipes

If your looking for some healthy ways to enjoy asparagus, why not take a look at my Asparagus Recipe Videos?
My Primavera Pesto Rice Bowls features fresh asparagus spears and this easy recipe makes a delicious and healthy light dinner or lunch that’s perfectly portioned for two.  It’s naturally gluten-free and suitable for vegetarians. Bursting with flavour, it’s low in both total fat and saturated fat, and under 400 calories per serving.

My Smoked Turkey, Asparagus & Orzo Salad Recipe is a great choice for anyone looking for a filling & healthy diet recipe for weight loss. You can watch how to make this fresh, vibrant salad with asparagus. It's low fat but full of flavour, only 225 calories and is ready in under 15 minutes.

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