Do you know that asparagus is a close relative of onion though it doesn’t resemble it in appearance or in taste? Since the ancient times, Egyptians knew perfectly well what is this vegetable and how it looks like.
By the 19th century, people started to grow it in the Old and New Worlds. And today, this magic vegetable is experiencing a real boom in popularity around the world.
Asparagus nutrition facts
Asparagus is a wonderful product rich in vitamins like iron, phosphorus, calcium, and potassium, vitamins A and C.
Natural amino acid (asparagine) that is found in the plant, extends the vessels, thereby reducing pressure and protecting the heart from overload. The same substance binds the toxic ammonia formed in the body.
We can talk about beneficial properties of asparagus for hours, moreover, they are time-tested. But is it useful in pregnancy? Definitely, it is.
It has the highest amount of folic acid important for pregnant and nursing mothers. That reduces the risk of birth defects in a child’s brain and spine. The human body doesn’t synthesize folic acid thus doctors often prescribe this vitamin to future mothers in pills.
A large amount of coarse fiber encourages digestion, helps to remove slag. Magnesium relieves fatigue. Vitamins of group B are useful for the mother’s liver and the correct formation of the fetus. Vitamin A and carotene have a positive effect on vision. The diuretic properties of the plant are useful for fighting swelling. In addition to all of this, asparagus is very low in calories (one stalk contains only 4 calories and 0 fat) and it can become a perfect supplement to your diet.
Eating asparagus is safe during pregnancy unless you have an individual intolerance, allergies to lily and onion (onion and garlic) cultures. Good diuretic properties of it can cause kidney stone disease. Diabetes and predisposition to it are also a contraindication for including this vegetable in your menu.
How to prepare Asparagus?
There are three types of asparagus: white, green and purple (the green one is the healthiest). You must follow certain stages of preparation: clean white asparagus like a potato, thoroughly wash green one and cut hard bottom part ( about 3-4 centimeters). You can use the leftovers to make soup.
There are many different ways of preparing this healthy vegetable: steaming, baking, stewing, etc. Worth to mention, it does not lose its healing properties when combined with other products.
- You can simply toss fresh asparagus with vegetable oil and/or lemon juice or serve it with your favorite sauce.
- Fry, bake it with other vegetables or meat.
- Sprinkle it with Parmesan and put into the oven.
- Cut it into pieces and add to salads.
- Make omelets.
It is a wonderful side dish for meat and fish dishes. Moreover, you can prepare mousses, various soups, snacks, salads and sauces from asparagus.
In addition to the above mentioned, you can freeze it or can.
Weird fact about Asparagus: after eating asparagus urine gets a special flavor. However, for a long time, it was believed that this is a genetic inheritance. The reason for the smell is methyl mercaptan, and in fact, it applies to everyone, just not everyone has the ability to detect this unusual smell.
Note: American Pregnancy Association and FDA strongly recommend to wash thoroughly asparagus before eating, as it may contain harmful parasites and bacteria causing diseases like listeriosis and toxoplasmosis.
Remember: Before starting on any new foods consult your doctor about possible risks of incorporating them into your diet.
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