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Asparagus; the good for your gut vegetable

28 Apr

The highly prized vegetable has arrived! And not only is it delicious but wow, the health benefits are super!

Did you know that asparagus is a fabulous diuretic and also it contains a type of fiber called inulin that promotes healthy gut bacteria? Asparagus contains a unique type of fiber/carbohydrate called inulin that we are not able to digest, but the healthy friendly good bacteria in our large intestine, such as Bifidobacteria and Lactobacilli, do.

We want these friendly bacteria to grow and be abundant in our gutt. This prevents other, ie ‘unfriendly’ bacteria from invading our intestinal tract. When our diet contains good amounts of inulin fiber, the growth and activity of these friendly bacteria increase. So enjoy this versatile natural healing food, t’is absolutely now the season for asparagus! It can be roasted, baked, mixed into salads, omelets even in your stir fry.

One Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb asparagus
  • 3 TBS low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth

Dressing:

  • 3 TBS extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 medium cloves garlic
  • 2 tsp lemon juice plus rind
  • sea salt and pepper to taste

How to:

Chop or press garlic. Heat 3 tbs of broth over medium heat in a skillet. Snap off the woody bottom of asparagus stems, then cut the spears into short pieces for quick and even cooking. When broth begins to steam, add asparagus. Cover and cook for 5 minutes. For more flavor, toss asparagus with the remaining ingredients while it is still hot.

Optional: Sun-dried tomatoes and feta cheese

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Posted by on April 28, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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