Asparagus is a wonderfully nutritious vegetable, loaded with vitamins and nutrients. Its particularly high in fat soluble vitamin A and K, as well as many B vitamins including thiamine and folate. Asparagus contains anti-inflammatory and antioxidant components which help support bone integrity, energy metabolism and the cardiovascular system.
In addition, it also has both soluble and insoluble fiber making it a digestive powerhouse – it slows down digestion to allow for greater absorption of nutrients, while also moving toxins and LDL cholesterol along through the intestines. Asparagus is a prebiotic, feeding good bacteria in the large intestine and allowing it to flourish and improve overall immune function and health. If that’s not enough, it also acts as a diuretic, helping the body to flush out excess fluid.
Eat it raw, grilled, parboiled, sauteed or even to your morning smoothie.
Stay tuned for next week when I share my favorite asparagus recipe that I’ve tailored to be gluten free, dairy free and vegan and utterly delicious.
Note that asparagus should be avoided by those on a FODMAPs diet and in large quantities for anyone taking diuretic medications.