Eggplant

The iron, calcium and other minerals in eggplant supply the essential nutrients required by the body.

Stuff, grill, bake, roast, stew your eggplants!

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.

Eggplants belong to the nightshade family of vegetables, which also includes tomatoes, sweet peppers and potatoes.

 

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I substitute lasagna pasta noodles for sliced eggplant.

 

Layer as usual with tomato sauce, and bake!

 

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I have dehydrated sliced eggplant for winter lasagna and pizza making too!

Dehydrate and store slices in airtight container.

 

For more info:
http://www.care2.com/greenliving/8-great-reasons-to-eat-eggplants.html
http://whfoods.org/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=22#healthbenefits
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/279359.php

 

Microsoft Word - Document2Cooked eggplant without spices or oils is a healthy treat for your dog.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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