Why is Eggplant Good for You?

eggplantCenturies ago, eggplant originally grew wild in India. Eggplants are not only beautiful with their dark purple glossy skin but they are packed with goodness. They belong to the nightshade family of vegetables, which also includes tomatoes, bell peppers and potatoes. It’s an excellent source of dietary fiber, vitamin B1 and copper.It also contains manganese, vitamin B6, niacin, potassium, folate and vitamin K. Fiber, potassium, vitamin C, vitamin B6, and phytonutrient content in eggplants all support heart health.

Eggplants are filled with antioxidants like caffeic and chlorogenic acid. Studies show that chlorogenic acid is antimutagenic (anti-cancer), antimicrobial, and anti-LDL (bad cholesterol). Anthocyanins in eggplant may protect heart health. In studies, consuming eggplant juice has been associated with a decrease in weight and blood cholesterol levels.

The skin contains a flavonoid called nasunin,  Nasunin is a potent antioxidant that has been shown to protect cell membranes from damage. It helps improve blood flow to the brain.

One cup of eggplant contains:
• 20 calories
• 0.8 grams of protein
• 4.82 grams of carbohydrate
• 0.15 grams of fat
• 2.5 grams of dietary fiber
• 10% of daily fiber needs


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Whenever my husbands family gets together, we always have Biryani, usually lamb: 
my favorite all-in-one Indian dish.
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One bite will transport you to a place just shy of heaven:
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Author: Heather Zachariah

Former Art Director for Home Magazine, Heather Leahy Zachariah, left her career in publishing after baby number number one. She now works from home as a freelance graphic designer and a chauffeur to her 3 busy kids. "Working on TipsFromTown has been a wonderful outlet for me. It renewed my love of publishing where I can design colorful, enticing pages online and allows me to share the things I love about being a mom." Heather grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, a place that still is near and dear to her. " After living in Brooklyn for 18 years and studying Graphic Design at Pratt Institute, she now lives in the Jersey burbs. "I love living so close to NYC, but in my heart, I'm an Ohio girl."


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