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7 health benefits of eggplant

To start, here are a few recipes courtesy of Serious Eats to cook eggplant if you’re like me, and it always ends up as tasteless mush.

Now, onto the good stuff.

Eggplant is one of those things that doesn’t hold a hallowed spot in the American diet, but should, thanks to its many health benefits.

Here’s why you should jump on the opportunity to use it the next time it shows up at the farmer’s market.

1. RICH IN MANY NUTRIENTS

Eggplants are a nutrient-dense food, meaning they contain a good amount of vitamins, minerals and fiber in few calories.

One cup (82 grams) of raw eggplant contains the following nutrients (2):

  • Calories: 20
  • Carbs: 5 grams
  • Fiber: 3 grams
  • Protein: 1 gram
  • Manganese: 10% of the RDI
  • Folate: 5% of the RDI
  • Potassium: 5% of the RDI
  • Vitamin K: 4% of the RDI
  • Vitamin C: 3% of the RDI…

2. HIGH IN ANTIOXIDANTS

In addition to containing a variety of vitamins and minerals, eggplants boast a high number of antioxidants.

Antioxidants are substances that help protect the body from damage caused by harmful substances known as free radicals (3)…

Full story at Care2.

Good food.

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