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8 Health Benefits of Asparagus

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white asparagus

Trivia: Interesting Facts

  • Asparagus historically was considered an aphrodisiac, probably because of its phallic shape.
  • White asparagus is regular asparagus, just covered from the sun so green chlorophyll doesn’t develop.
  • Helmut Zipner peeled one full ton of asparagus in 16 hours.
  • Asparagus can grow up to 10 inches in a 24-hour period.
  • Did you know that asparagus is a member of the lily family?
  • Besides being yummy, the asparagus plant is very long lived, lasting up to 15 years.
  • The “Asparagus Capital of the World” in Schwetzingen, Germany holds its annual asparagus festival in the first week of May. The person who grows the heaviest stalk is named Spargel King or Queen. Also asparagus chefs compete to create the best recipes.
  • All commercially grown asparagus must still be harvested by hand.

Asparagus Nutrition:

  • It is a balanced vegetable packed with nutrients, making it a powerfood.
  • Very good source of vitamin K, the B vitamin folate, vitamin C, and vitamin A.
  • Filled with B vitamins (B1, B2, B3 and B6).
  • Excellent source of folacin.
  • Full of the minerals manganese, copper, phosphorus, potassium and selenium.
  • Good source of fiber (3 grams per 5.3 oz. serving).
  • Even has some protein (3 grams per 5.3 oz. serving).
  • It contains no cholesterol or fat.
  • Very low in sodium.
  • Less than 4 calories per spear.

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Diana Herrington

Diana Herrington turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar-free, gluten-free, eating and cooking. After testing and researching every possible healthy therapy on her delicate system she has developed simple, powerful principles which she shares in her recent book Eating Green and Lean, and as host to Care2 groups: Healthy Living Network and Healthy Cooking. She is the head chef at Real Food for Life, where she shares recipes and tips. Sign up for the Real Food for Life weekly newsletter or catch her on Facebook or Twitter (@DancinginLife).


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8:22AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Just love asparagus, so very green and tasty even when raw. Love it when sprinkled with fresh lemon juice, almonds and sometimes grated cheddar cheese.

A green delight. Yes, one person said that eating any veggie is a good thing but there are some veggies one has to keep an eye on. Even though I munch on raw broccoli, it is best cooked as the raw in this case can interfere with thyroid function/metabolism--yet will always take some of that raw despite this.

As for asparagus love this tender green veggie either raw or cooked. And yes, one does find that there is an odour after urinating, one friend says she never smells it but I bet there is - so very distinctive-- it is but will not deter me from eating this lovely veggie!

4:12AM PDT on May 24, 2012

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1:02PM PDT on May 23, 2012

When my doctor said I should eliminate all grains from my diet it didn't sound good. But after a few short weeks I started to get my energy back. The difference is remarkable! No longer have bloating and people have mentioned how much healthier and slimmer I look. Some people say it's hard to adjust to a gluten diet, but I have had a wonderful time trying out all the new foods and methods of cooking.

10:32AM PDT on May 23, 2012

Thanks for the nutrition info.

4:37PM PDT on May 17, 2012

Great stuff!

9:52AM PDT on May 14, 2012

i LOVE asparagus. i just wish they had a longer growing season. btw, i didn't know they squeak when fresh...thanks for the tip!

1:10AM PDT on May 11, 2012

Yummy to grill too! It's one of the veggies I love to drown in Lemon juice and just a grinder twist of sea salt. Noms!

5:59AM PDT on May 8, 2012

Asparagus is pretty easy to grow, is a perennial veg, doesn't take a lot of room to grow & best eaten raw. Mine rarely gets a chance to get to the kitchen.

11:39AM PDT on May 7, 2012

i love asparagussss

5:16PM PDT on May 6, 2012


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