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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Author: Heather Zachariah

Former Art Director for Home Magazine and Caribbean Travel & Life, Heather is chauffeur to 3 busy kids; the president of her Home and School Association; and VP of Marketing for TipsFromTown. And she's passionate about all 3!

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