Asparagus

22 Aug

A large part of my background is in nutrition. I went to Bauman College in Berkeley, where I completed both the Nutrition Educator and Natural Chef program. I have also worked in restaurants my whole life, literally since the womb. What I have taken from both of these worlds is a love for high quality, well prepared food, with a keen interest on how it works in our body and how it affects our health and well being. I welcome you to our first food fact, something I totally geek out on with two of my favorite books, Whole Foods (not the store) Companion, A Guide for Adventurous Cooks, Curious Shoppers & Lovers of Natural Foods, written by Dianne Onstad and The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods by Michael Murray. So, without further ado, Asparagus…

A member of the lily family, Asparagus was used medicinally long before it was eaten as a vegetable.The actual medicinal property is a substance called asparagine, nature’s most effective kidney diuretic, which breaks up the oxalic acid and uric acid crystals in the kidneys and muscles and eliminates them through the urine.

It contains substantial amounts of aspartic acid, an amino acid that neutralizes the excess amounts of ammonia that lingers in our bodies.

It is considered a blood builder due to its chlorophyll content, and contains many of the elements that build the liver, kidneys, skin, ligaments and bones.

It is also an excellent source of potassium, vitamin K, folic acid(to all my pregnant ladies out there), vitamins C and A, riboflavin, thiamin and vitamin B6. It is also rich in protein compared to other vegetables.

Asparagus loses many nutrients, as well as flavor within the first few days after purchasing. Buy fresh and eat quick, and until you do, store in the fridge with the ends wrapped in a damp paper towel…

Hope you enjoyed our first food fact, and stay posted for the next one to come!


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3 Responses to “Asparagus”

  1. Margo 08/23/2011 at 3:22 pm #

    This is great! Keep it up!

  2. Jed Friedland 08/22/2011 at 8:30 pm #

    Nice photos!

  3. skcblogs 08/22/2011 at 6:32 pm #

    Good information – especially the medicinal uses of asparagus. Thanks so much for posting!

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