Well…it’s just one of favorite nutrition heroes, that’s all!
1. Asparagus is the leading supplier among vegetables of folic acid. A 5.3 ounce serving provides 60% of the recommended daily allowance for folacin which is necessary for blood cell formation, growth, and prevention of liver disease. Folacin has been shown to play a significant role in the prevention of neural tube defects, such as spina bifida, that cause paralysis and death in 2,500 babies each year.
2. Aspragus is low in calories, only 20 per 5.3 oz. serving, less than 4 calories per spear. HALF of those calories come from protein (just in case anyone ever asks where you get your protein) and half of them come from carbohydrate.
3. Asparagus contains glutathione (GSH) one of the most powerful anticarcinogens and antioxidants found. GSH detoxifies and protects cells from oxidative damages, thereby preventing damage to DNA. Asparagus had the highest GSH content of foods tested.
4. Asparagus is one of the riches sources of rutin, a compound which strengthens capillary walls, which is only important if you’d like to keep the blood flowing to all your body parts and brain cells.
5. Asparagus is DELICIOUS! No recipe needed. Just steam lightly (till it turns that beautiful bright green color), sit back and enjoy. No utensils needed either – it’s the perfect finger food!
6. Asparagus is FREE! (well…used to be when I lived in paradise with ditchbanks…but I’ll gladly pay $2.99/# for this wonder food!