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About asparagus

Many people have mixed feelings about eating asparagus. The vegetable is incredibly nutrient-dense. It has high levels of vitamins such as: 
  • Calcium.
  • Magnesium. 
  • Iron.
  • Zinc. 
  • Potassium.
  • Vitamin C. 
  • Vitamin B. 
  • Vitamin K and E.
The flowering plant, a part of the lily family, also has flavonoids and polyphenols, which have strong antioxidant properties. It also contains both soluble and insoluble fiber, which aid in digestion. Fiber is also essential for gut health. 

Some people do not care for the intense smell asparagus can have on your urine. This happens because of asparagusic acid. The acid breaks down to sulfur-containing compounds in the digestive tract, which can be volatile and odoriferous. 

While hundreds of different asparagus plants exist, only around 20 of the varieties are for human consumption. Some varieties are grown to be ornamental flowering plants, while others are hazardous to eat.

 Asparagus grown in the United States is the green variety you most often see in stores. However, it's possible to find some purple asparagus here and there. Europe is known for growing white asparagus. Farms in Europe put the asparagus under soil, sand, or even tarps to stop the plant from producing chlorophyll, thus keeping its white color. Due to this process, the spears also become fatter and have a less intense flavor. 

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FAQs About Asparagus

If you're looking for health-conscious ways to eat asparagus, eat it raw in salads or pasta. You can also steam it and put it into your eggs or eat it by itself. To maximize the healthy features of the asparagus, try eating it both raw and steamed. Avoid eating fully cooked asparagus, as it will begin to lose nutrients. 

Like many vegetables, the entire asparagus is safe to eat, from the top of the spear down to the stem. You'll want to avoid the tough, woody part at the bottom. The best way to know which part to trim is to hold the asparagus by the center and bottom and bend it. It will naturally snap between where the tough part ends and the tender spear begins. 

Since asparagus are natural diuretics, they help your body get rid of toxins. If your body has excess stores of salt and fluid built up, asparagus can help your body let it go. Asparagus is especially helpful for those who have edema and high blood pressure. It can also help reduce kidney toxins, which in turn can prevent the occurrence of kidney stones. 
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