Asparagus shouldn't just be looked at as a regular green vegetable anymore. There are tons of reasons and ways to use this summer superfood; here are just a few!
Fights cancer and keeps you looking young: Green asparagus has more glutathione -- one of the most powerful cancer fighters -- than any other fruit or vegetable. Glutathione also helps your body absorb nutrients and slows down the aging process.
Promotes heart health: One serving provides more than half of the folic acid you need in a day. This nutrient is essential for a healthy heart, as well as preventing birth defects during pregnancy.
Curbs overeating: It's one of the most concentrated veggie sources of protein: 1 cup offers about 10 percent of your daily protein and fiber needs -- a one-two punch that helps keep you full longer, so you eat less.
Helps you stay trim: With only 5 calories a spear, zero fat and cholesterol, and almost no sodium, asparagus is a dieter's dream!
Tips for the grocery store: Choose bunches with tightly closed buds on top -- and eat them right away, because the nutrients fade fast.
Try These Recipes:
white asparagus bread salad with hollandaiseWhite Asparagus Bread Salad with Hollandaise
green & white asparagus beef bracioleGreen & White Asparagus Beef Braciole
raw asparagus dipRaw Asparagus Dip
By Katie Barreira, Photography by Lisa Hubbard
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