Asparagus is a delicious, versatile vegetable that can be eaten raw or cooked. It is available year-round but is most popular during the spring and summer months. Asparagus contains high amounts of fiber (more than three grams per cup), which helps you feel full and satisfied after eating. Fiber also helps with digestion and makes it easier to maintain a healthy weight. This fiber content may explain why asparagus has been shown to help prevent obesity, cardiovascular disease and diabetes—all conditions associated with excess body fat!
Asparagus is also rich in vitamin K: A single serving provides more than 100 percent of your recommended daily intake (RDI) for this important nutrient that promotes bone health by keeping calcium in your bones instead of leaching out into your blood stream where it can cause damage to organs like kidneys and heart valves over time. Vitamin K also aids in clotting so it’s needed by people who take blood thinners like aspirin or Coumadin® (warfarin sodium).
Asparagus is a delicious, low-calorie food that can be eaten in many different ways.
You can steam it, saute it, or eat it raw. You can also eat it with other foods or on its own. Here are some ideas for how to eat asparagus:
- Add asparagus to a salad for a healthy crunch and more nutrients.
- Add asparagus to a stir-fry for an extra dose of fiber and vitamins.
- Make a simple soup by chopping up some asparagus and adding water or broth until the pieces are soft enough to blend into a puree.