One certain sign of springtime is affordable and fresh asparagus at my grocery store. Yep, this unique spear like veggie is now in season and ready for you to enjoy. If you don't already love it, like I do, you should learn to love it.
Although there are three types of asparagus: green, white and purple, the green variety is the most common. Not only is the veggie loaded with antioxidant vitamins A and C, its vitamin K is off the charts. In fact, one cup contains 114 percent of your daily value requirement of K. Plus, asparagus is a natural diuretic and might help reduce water retention during PMS. While we are on women's health, you might be interested to know that asparagus is high in folate (the naturally occurring folic acid) content, and asparagus is considered a birth defect fighter.
For two more interesting things about asparagus,
- It will make your urine smell funny, but that doesn't mean it is bad for you. It is just a by product of your body breaking down some of the natural chemicals found in the plant.
- It is considered an aphrodisiac, based solely on its shape. Hmmmm . . . I will let you work it out from there.
So eat up and enjoy — asparagus is in season until early June.
Fit's Tip: Don't cut the bottoms off the spears, just bend each piece of asparagus, and it will snap just where it needs to. Toss the bottom parts. Or better yet — compost them!