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8 Excellent Reasons to Eat More Eggplants

8 Excellent Reasons to Eat More Eggplants

I have always been an eggplant lover. I was shocked to hear that the Hindi word for them, ‘baingan,’ is actually derived from another word that means ‘without merit,’ since the eggplant has for long time been misunderstood as a non-nourishing food.

Whoever floated this idea, should be eating their words—and more eggplants! Here’s what the humble eggplant can do to help you live healthier:

  • The iron, calcium and other minerals in eggplant supply the essential nutrients required by the body.  All this, while relishing a highly flavorful veggie, is a good deal, indeed! Stuff, grill, bake, roast, stew your eggplants—they’re delicious in most avatars!
  • Eggplants contain certain essential phyto nutrients which improve blood circulation and nourish the brain. But remember—these nutrients are concentrated in the skin of the eggplant, so don’t char and throw it away.
  • They provide fiber, which protects the digestive tract. In fact, regular intake of eggplants can protect you from colon cancer.
  • Eggplant is low in calories, with just 35 per cup. It contains no fat and its high fiber content can help you feel full.
  • For centuries, eggplants have been used for controlling and managing diabetes. Modern research validates this role, thanks to the high fiber and low soluble carbohydrate content of the eggplant.
  • Eggplants have a role in heart care, too. Research studies show they can lower ‘bad’ cholesterol. But you must cook them the right way to get these benefits. Fried eggplant soaks up a lot of fat, making it harmful and heavy. Instead, bake it at 400 degrees, which brings out glorious flavor and gives you all the goodness an eggplant holds!
  • The heart-healthy benefits of eggplant don’t end with limiting cholesterol. Eggplants are high in bioflavonoids, which are known to control high blood pressure and relieve stress.
  • Regular consumption of eggplant helps prevent blood clots—thanks again to Vitamin K and bioflavonoids, which strengthen capillaries.

Eggplant Recipes:
Gluten-Free Eggplant Parmesan
Grilled Eggplant Stacks with Tomato, Feta & Basil
Eggplant & Olive Dip Recipe

 

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Shubhra Krishan

Writer, editor and journalist Shubhra Krishan is the author of Essential Ayurveda: What it is and what it can do for you (New World Library, 2003), Radiant Body, Restful Mind: A Woman's book of comfort (New World Library, 2004), and The 9 to 5 Yogi: How to feel like a sage while working like a dog (Hay House India, 2011).

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5:30AM PDT on Jul 8, 2014

I only like it cooked a few ways..then its really good

12:34PM PDT on Jun 3, 2013

I've had eggplant a couple of times, it was okay.

6:32PM PDT on May 29, 2013

Ohhh I adore thick slices of eggplant, rings of fresh onion and capsicum grilled with a little parmesan cheese and balsamic on top, bliss!

11:26AM PDT on May 22, 2013

Fried eggplant is the best, and I read a tip that is absolutely wonderful to keep it from soaking up a lot of grease. Slice young, firm eggplant about 1/4 to 1/3 inch thick. Soak in ice water for 30 to 45 minutes, then dry well. Then dredge in flour, shake off excess, dip in beaten egg, then coat with seasoned panko bread crumbs. Fry at med high heat in a combination olive oil and canola oil. We serve it with spaghetti sauce and grated Parmesan cheese, and some angel hair pasta on the side. It is a meal fit for the gods. By soaking in ice water, the eggplant hardly soaks up any grease.

10:27AM PDT on May 22, 2013

the flavor is fine but I don't like the feel of it. I've tried different dishes in restaurants hoping that i'll find one I like.

4:25AM PDT on May 21, 2013

The only reason: for our health

11:50PM PDT on May 20, 2013

I never realized what a miracle food eggplant is. There are so many ways to eat them, you can even make them taste like liver (for those people who miss eating meat).

10:36PM PDT on May 20, 2013

I love egg plants and like them grilled as well. My favorite dish is Eggplant Parmesan.

7:53PM PDT on May 20, 2013

Never been a big fan...

4:17PM PDT on May 20, 2013

I'm not a fan of eggplnt, but baingan bartha is my uncle Prasad's favorite dish.

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I cook a lot with wine but never thought about making my own red wine vinegar. Will give that a go.

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I may try this come the depths of winter, but they're both outside all the time now.

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