Artichoke April

2 Apr

At the end of this post, is a link to recipes for Artichoke April, which will be updated all throughout the month, aswell as an article on why Artichokes are good for you by Dr Mao.

One medium artichoke contains seven to 10 grams of fiber. For most adults, this much fiber provides about 20 percent to 25 percent of daily recommendations. For anyone who already keeps track of fiber intake, it’s not easy to find the fiber powerhouse foods. For reference, the same amount of broccoli or apples has closer to three or four grams of fiber. This much fiber leaves little room for digestible carbohydrates, making artichokes a low glycemic index food, as well. The fiber is balanced out with three to four grams of protein and less than one gram of fat.

A whole artichoke, prepared and cooked, contains lots of fiber, vitamins and minerals and makes a nutrient-rich addition to any meal. Eat only the artichoke heart, and you’ll miss out on some of the nutrition in the green leaves. Choose canned and marinated artichoke hearts, and you’ll get extra unwanted calories and sodium from added ingredients.

Artichokes aren’t all fiber. One medium artichoke qualifies as a good source (at least 10 percent of the daily value) or excellent source (at least 20 percent of the daily value) of vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, magnesium, potassium and manganese. The beauty of nutrient-rich vegetables like the artichoke is that you get the nutrients and fiber without a lot of calories. The nutrients mentioned above are a bargain at fewer than 65 calories.

Historical uses of artichokes have been use as a diuretic, treatment for hyperuricemia (high levels of uric acid in the blood and a cause of gout), to increase bile production, as an appetite stimulant and even to freshen breath. Artichoke extracts are being studied using modern research methods to evaluate benefits to these conditions, as well as others, such as high blood cholesterol. So far, the research is promising, but not conclusive.

http://www.askdrmao.com/blog/artichokes-your-liver%e2%80%99s-best-friend/

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