Do you make a face when someone mentions artichokes, or do you begin to salivate at the thought of eating this antioxidant-rich vegetable? At only (approximately) 60 calories, artichokes are a low-calorie nutritional powerhouse.
In addition, artichokes are a no-fat, no-cholesterol treat offering a myriad of vitamins and minerals including magnesium, chromium, phosphorous, calcium, vitamin A, vitamin B3 and B6, folic acid and vitamin C.
Individuals with hypothyroidism will want to take note that artichokes contain a high amount of manganese which enhances thyroid function. It supports the thyroid gland to convert inactive thyroxine into active triiodothyronine (T3), which boosts metabolism and mood (you can’t beat that).
Here’s where the artichoke reaches superstar status:
- They lower cholesterol! The fiber and nutrients found in artichokes help clear the cholesterol from your bloodstream. Bottom line: artichokes raise good cholesterol (HDL) and lower bad cholesterol (LDL).
- A medium artichoke has more fiber than a cup of prunes! A large artichoke has about a quarter of the recommended daily intake of fiber. Nice to meet you, artichoke.
- Got blood sugar imbalance? Eat an artichoke. There is evidence to show that artichokes help to balance blood sugar and are therefore a good food for diabetics.
- Artichokes stimulate the gall bladder and cause your liver to release more bile. Hmmm, what exactly does that mean? Artichokes are a great digestive aid and can soothe your stomach. And, the release of more bile means less fat in your blood. Good-bye, fat.
- Need help to cure hypertension? Artichokes are rich in potassium so they assist the body in dealing with excess sodium, and if taking anti-hypertensive drugs, can make sure that one doesn’t become potassium deficient.
- Aren’t you ready to go buy and prepare an artichoke for your next meal?
- Go food shopping and buy an artichoke (or a few).
- Watch the videos here to learn how to prepare artichokes.
- Read this informative blog post about preparing artichokes: simply recipes.com
- Prepare the recipe for Braised Baby Artichoke with Olives, or simply steam like in the video
These steps will help you keep nutritious and delicious foods at your fingertips. If you are concerned about your diet or if your lifestyle is not supporting your health and well-being, contact me or call 413-282-7286. At Bravo! Wellness, I work with my clients to create manageable lifestyle changes so they are able to achieve their greatest potential in life, health and business.