Aubergine season comes to a close at the end of September so it's a good time to get some serious aubergine eating in! Here's why this smooth, smoky veg is one of our favourites.
Although this word is chucked around a lot in the word of nutrition, they do have an important role to play. Antioxidants they help to protect your cells from the harmful effects of free radicals and oxidative stress (when free radicals outweigh antioxidant defences), which can contribute to ageing, inflammation and the risk of chronic diseases. Vitamins C and E found in asparagus act as antioxidants as do other compounds such as flavonoids and polyphenols. Purple asparagus contain anthocyanins, which are a type of flavonoid and the pigment that gives this variety its vibrant colour.
Like other vegetables, asparagus contributes to your daily intake of fibre. Research has shown how a diet high in fibre may help to reduce the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and bowel cancer, whilst also promoting a healthy digestive system. One of the fibres found in asparagus is called inulin which is a soluble fibre found in many plants. Inulin is composed in a way that cannot be digested so travels to the lower gut instead where it functions as a prebiotic helping gut bacteria to flourish. Gut bacteria convert inulin into short chain fatty acids which nourish colon cells and may help play a role in reducing the risk of chronic diseases, obesity and inflammation according to research.
Why does asparagus make my pee smell?
Asparagus contains asparagusic acid which the body breaks down into a group of sulphur-containing compounds. It’s the sulphur which is also found in garlic, skunk spray and certain natural gases (the rotten egg smell) that causes the unpleasant scent. Not everyone has the same effect as some are thought to not produce the aroma whilst others somehow lack the ability to smell it.
Like any other vegetable, asparagus contributes to one of your five-a-day and contains nutrients that help to maintain good health. Keep it simple when using British asparagus and let the veg do the talking. Try our Grilled tuna with sesame asparagus or simple brunch dish.
We have become a nation of snackers but not only is it increasing the amount of food we are eating but it’s also making our digestive system work overtime. Here are our top five tips for cutting down on snacking and balancing out your meals to restore digestive harmony and improve energy levels.
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