Did you know that asparagus is in the lily family? Fun fact for a Wednesday. Asparagus officinalis (technical term I will be using at future dinner parties to sound smart) is a spring flowering perennial plant species. It is native to most of Europe, northern Africa and western Asia-cultivated as a vegetable even though it is technically a flower-still can’t get over the fact I never knew that!
Now you are wondering why am I still reading this blog and why is she talking about asparagus but the reason I was looking for more information on asparagus is that I was trying to find the green vegetables that would help me de-bloat, stay full, all the while making me super skinny by my meeting tomorrow-that is possible right? Besides being a natural diuretic look at the benefits of asparagus below. I may be starting an asparagus fan club, trust me you will join after reading this…
Benefits of asparagus-great talking points for your next dinner party for sure!
Detoxifys-asparagus has 288 milligrams of potassium per cup. Potassium is known for reducing belly fat. It also contains 3 grams of fiber which cleanses the digestive system. There is virtually no natural sodium, no fat or cholesterol, and one cup has only 40 calories.
Great for Anti-Aging-asparagus is rich in potassium, vitamin A, folate and very high in glutathione which is an amino acid compound with potent antioxidants; MAJOR anti-aging deterrent.
Aphrodisiac-Yes you heard me right! Not only is the French word for asparagus is asperge which is a slang word for penis but because of its shape it is considered a psycho-physiological aphrodisiac. I find this kind of hard to believe since it makes body fluids smell so foul but I am just telling you what I read.
Very high in Folate-I mentioned this above but folate helps protect against cancer, reduces pain, inflammation and has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease and birth defects.
Prevents urinary infections and kidney stones
To get all the nutritional benefits from asparagus they should be eaten raw. I am eating some with hummus right now!
Spread the word asparagus is wonder food!!! (not to mention I should be skinny tomorrow after only eating asparagus today-man anyone going to the bathroom after me is going to be mad).