Artichokes are the forgotten vegetable, in fact the only reason they have any popularity is because you can buy an unhealthy version packaged in a small jar marinated in oil, vinegar and lots of salt. But for those in the know, artichokes are wonderful vegetable with a ton of benefits.
Artichokes contain many beneficial nutrients. which include: lutelin, cynarin, cynaropicrin, cynaroside, dicaffeoylquinic acid, scolymoside, Vitamin C, folate, magnesium, and iron.
What They Are Good For:
- increases bile sectretion
- protects liver cells
- lowers cholesterol
- protects against the negative effects of alcohol (often used to cure hangovers)
- great fiber intake
Artichokes are an excellent source of fiber. The lack of fiber in most american diets lead to indigestion and bloating. Generally laxatives and stool softeners are not needed when there is sufficient fiber in the diet. This is one of the major benefits of artichokes that most people need to consider when turning down this incredibly nutrious vegetable.
Artichokes often vary in price and during the season they can be found priced between .99 and 1.50 here on the east coast of the United States.
Perhaps the most underrated benefit of eating artichokes is that it can drastically lower your cholestoral. This is by far the best part of these unique vegetables. Also, the claims about lowered cholesterol via artichoke consumption are way more legit than that you hear from cerials such as cheerios which only lower your cholesterol a neglible amount.
There are a few different ways to prepare them both healthy and unhealthy, but enjoy them steamed dipped in lemon juice.