Monday, October 4, 2010


Asparagus is a member of the lily family, that is super high in folate, a great source of potassium and low in sodium. The amino acid asparagine, gives asparagus a diruetic effect, and contrary to popular belief this is not the compound that can make urine odourous, the odour actually comes from the sulfur compounds.

Asparagus contains a unique kind of carbohydrate called inulin that we can't digest, but the health-promoting friendly bacteria in our large intestine, such as Bifidobacteria and Lactobacilli, do. When our diet contains good amounts of inulin, the growth and activity of these friendly bacteria increase. And when populations of health-promoting bacteria are large, it is much more difficult for unfriendly bacteria to populate our intestinal tract.

Easy ways with asparagus

Eat it RAW
Grill asparagus, top with grated parmesan
Drizzle with olive oil and celtic sea salt
Sprinkle with balsamic and extra virgin olive oil
Sprinkle with fresh herbs
Steamed asparagus served with light lemon vinaigrette makes a delightfully refreshing salad.
Toss freshly cooked pasta with asparagus, olive oil and your favorite pasta spices. We especially enjoy thyme, tarragon and rosemary.
Chopped asparagus make a flavorful and colorful addition to omelets.

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