Health Benefits of Asparagus - Nutrition Facts & Information

There are so many health benefits of asparagus you don't want to miss out on. Asparagus is one of those veggies you either love or hate. Don't knock it til you try it! Many people steer clear of asparagus due to the the dark color and pungent urine odor it creates (this is caused from the amino acid asparagine) but please know that this is normal, harmless and will pass in a couple of hours. It's certainly no good reason to avoid this healthful vegetable. A few great reasons to be drinking your asparagus is it’s low in calories and sodium, full of flavor and packed full of nutrition.

Asparagus is high in anti-inflammatory properties and loaded with antioxidants. It's a great source of protein, vitamins C, E & K, potassium and folate. In fact in just 6 spears of asparagus you’ll find almost ½ of your recommended daily requirement for folate.

Asparagus belongs to the lilly family and is in season in Spring but generally you’ll find it throughout the year in your local supermarket. Having said that though you'd be best to buy it when it is in season to get the best price and quality.

BUYING & STORING: When buying asparagus look for stalks that are a nice vibrant green with purplish tight, firm tips. Asparagus doesn’t have a great shelf life so make sure for longer life you store it in the fridge in the crisper compartment and even better if you can wrap the spears in either a damp t-towel or paper towel and then sealed in either a plastic bag or air tight container. You should consume your asparagus within 3 days of purchasing.

There are actually hundreds of different varieties of asparagus in the world but only several types are edible. Of the edible types green is the most common and readily available. There is also white which is generally more expensive due to it’s limited supply & labor intensive production (it’s grown in the dark to inhibit the production of chlorophyll). Then there is purple who's color is due to high levels of anthocyanins in the spears which is a potent antioxidant. Purple asparagus are also more fruity in flavor, shorter and thicker than the other varieties.

Some of the AMAZING health benefits of asparagus include:

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