Eggplant, Italian Striped
These eggplant are a spineless, Italian type eggplant and about 8" long. Quite tasty and elegant for any of your favorite Italian dishes.
It is a vegetable with a lot to offer: a high amount of antioxidants, special phytonutrients, including phenolic compounds, flavonoids, such as nasunin, and numerous vitamins and minerals too. And all of these eggplant nutrition benefits come at a low calorie count of only 35 calories per cup, thanks to its high fiber and water content.
Eggplant, a member of the nightshade and Solanaceae plant family, is considered by researchers to be a part of a group of valuable crops due to their anthocyanin antioxidant compounds, which can be seen in its rich purple colors.
Researchers continue to learn more about the health benefits of eggplant nutrition. It may not be not the highest in many nutrients as some other superfoods, such as kale or berries, but it is certainly unique.
It contains a somewhat rare and extremely beneficial type of antioxidant known as nasunin. Nasunin is a type of anthocyanin antioxidant found in all types of eggplant varieties, in addition to other deeply colored fruits and vegetables.
Nasunin is one of the key contributors to the health benefits of eggplant nutrition. Like other antioxidants, it has the ability to fight free radical damage in the body, which is often the cause of disease development and the mechanism at which our bodies’ age.
Most of the nasunin present within this veggie/fruit is found in its purple skin, so consuming the entire vegetable, including its peel, is important to reap all the health benefits.
Has Anti-Inflammatory and Antioxidant Effects
Helps Protect Against Cancer
Helps Lower High Cholesterol and Blood Pressure
Can Help Improve Digestive Health
Good Source of Energy-Promoting B Vitamins
Can Help Prevent Skin Cancer
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