Food Item of The Week – Asparagus

1 Cup of Asparagus has a mere 43.2 calories and is loaded with the following:

  • Potassium: 288mg or 8.23% of your daily value
    • Potassium usually works with other nutrients in the body:
      • works with sodium to help regulate the level of water in the body
      • along with magnesium and calcium, it helps strengthen the heart and control blood pressure
      • Potassium is found in meats, milk, fruits and vegetables
  • Folate: 262.8 mcg or 65.7% of daily value
    • Folate is essential for a heart-healthy diet
    • It is involved with some of the most important happenings in our bodies: cell maintenance and repair, synthesis of DNA, amino acid metabolism and formation of red and white blood cells
    • Studies say the consumption of 400 mcg of folate daily would reduce the number of heart attacks suffered by Americans each year by 10%.
    • Folate is found in fruits, green leafy vegetables and yeast 
  • Fiber: 2.8g or 11.52% of your daily value
    • Fiber helps lower cholesterol and triglycerides as well as prevent: 
      • Ulcers
      • Diabetes
      • Heart Disease, and
      • Cancer
    • Keeps us fuller, longer-can help with weight-loss or maintenance
  • Vitamin K: 91.8mcg or 114.75% of your daily value
    • Helps with blood clotting and supporting healthy bones
  • Vitamin A (beta-carotene): 575.10mcg
  • Rutin:
    •  Aids in protecting blood vessels
  • Inulin:
    • Is a special fiber that promotes gut health
  • Quercetin:
    • Asparagus contains this anti-inflammatory and cancer-fighting flavanoid
  • Glutathione:
    • An antioxidant that has been labeled one of the body’s most important
  • Asparagus has also been noted in numerous consumer advocate and research groups as one of the least contaminated with pesticides
  • Asparagus is a natural diuretic, which helps clean the kidneys
NutritionAshley Pettit