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8 Health Benefits of Asparagus

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History:

Asparagus was first cultivated 2,500 years ago by the Greeks.

Ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans liked asparagus as much as we do and ate it when in season.

Please Note:

Some people have strong-smelling urine after eating asparagus – a sulfur-like odor resulting from the digestion of certain amino acids. And some people are genetically unable to detect the smell.

Buying Asparagus:

  • Best to buy fresh at the farmerís market.
  • Choose firm, bright green spears with closed and dry tips. Asparagus can have thick or thin spears. It is best to choose one or the other when cooking so spears will cook at the same rate.
  • Avoid shriveled or smelly asparagus.
  • If the woody bottom ends of the stalks exceed 15 percent of the total length of the spears, it is likely to be tough.
  • It is fragile, damages easily and dries out quickly. It’s best to eat as soon as possible.
  • Gently squeeze the bunch of asparagus ó if it squeaks, itís fresh.
  • You may think the thin stalks are more tender but that is not the case. Most often, jumbo stalks are more tender and succulent than their pencil-thin counterparts.

How to Store:

  • Cut off the bottom inch of the stalks.
  • Wrap the freshly cut stems in a wet paper towel.
  • Place the asparagus in a plastic bag.
  • It will last in the refrigerator up to three days.
  • For a longer life, stand asparagus upright (cut end down) in water, and cover it with a plastic bag to retain moisture.

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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!

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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.
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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

Thanks.

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