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5 Things About Asparagus

Spring has sprung, and with it come delicious vegetables that cost less in-season. Asparagus is one of these farm-stand deals that's versatile and nutritious — I like to roast or steam it as a dinner side, cut it up for salads, and use it for crudités platter. Learn more about the green spears sold in bundles by checking out these five things.

  1. Edible asparagus comes in three colors: green, white (milder flavor), and purple (fruitier flavor). Take advantage of the variety for a gorgeous medley.
  2. The vegetable is an excellent source for several nutrients, including but not limited to vitamins K, C, A, folate, and potassium.
  3. Because it contains high levels of folate (the naturally occurring folic acid), asparagus promotes a healthy cardiovascular system. Just one serving provides nearly 66 percent of the daily recommended intake of folate.

To see two more things about asparagus,


  1. As a natural diuretic, asparagus has been consumed for inflammation-related issues such as menstrual bloating and arthritis.
  2. Eating asparagus causes funny smelling urine for some people, which is a harmless effect of the body digesting the vegetable's sulfur compound.


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