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8 Excellent Reasons to Eat More Eggplants

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8 Excellent Reasons to Eat More Eggplants

 

· The iron, calcium and other minerals in eggplant supply the essential nutrients required by the body. All this, while relishing a highly flavorful veggie, is a good deal, indeed! Stuff, grill, bake, roast, stew your eggplants—they’re delicious in most avatars!

 

· Eggplants contain certain essential phyto nutrients which improve blood circulation and nourish the brain. But remember—these nutrients are concentrated in the skin of the eggplant, so don’t char and throw it away.

 

· They provide fiber, which protects the digestive tract. In fact, regular intake of eggplants can protect you from colon cancer.

 

· Eggplant is low in calories, with just 35 per cup. It contains no fat and its high fiber content can help you feel full.

 

· For centuries, eggplants have been used for controlling and managing diabetes. Modern research validates this role, thanks to the high fiber and low soluble carbohydrate content of the eggplant.

 

· Eggplants have a role in heart care, too. Research studies show they can lower ‘bad’ cholesterol. But you must cook them the right way to get these benefits. Fried eggplant soaks up a lot of fat, making it harmful and heavy. Instead, bake it at 400 degrees, which brings out glorious flavor and gives you all the goodness an eggplant holds!

 

· The heart-healthy benefits of eggplant don’t end with limiting cholesterol. Eggplants are high in bioflavonoids, which are known to control high blood pressure and relieve stress.

 

· Regular consumption of eggplant helps prevent blood clots—thanks again to Vitamin K and bioflavonoids, which strengthen capillaries.

 

Eggplant Recipes:

Gluten-Free Eggplant Parmesan
Grilled Eggplant Stacks with Tomato, Feta & Basil
Eggplant & Olive Dip Recipe

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I love to work with "striped eggplant" like these below. The meat stays much more firm when cooked.... especially when grilling. Keeps both a great texture and flavor.

 

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Strangely, these striped eggplants bear a "Product of The Netherlands" sticker in our local grocery.

 

 

My Grandma "Ruby" used to make a baked stuffed eggplant with ground beef, Cajun sausage and spices, onions, green peppers, celery and garlic. It was a New Orleans style dish that would bring a tear to a glass eye.

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