The artichoke is a vegetable that is native to Mediterranean regions which grew in popularity among the Italian community. The vegetable is a perennial thistle and a member of the Asteraceae plant family, which makes it closely related to sunflowers.

 

Artichokes have a beautiful exterior comprised of petals which have a green to purple colour.

 

Artichokes have a mild taste and should be boiled before eating. The petals contain a thin strip of pulp which can be eaten by gripping the petal and gently sliding it down your teeth, discarding the fibrous remains of the petal. The artichoke heart is pulpier than the petals and can also be eaten.

 

 

Health Benefits

 

  • Cynarin in artichokes increases bile production in your liver which increases the removal of cholesterol from the body. (1)

 

  • Provide good levels of fibre which helps maintain regular bowel movement and cleanses the colon. (2)

 

  • High in vitamin C (ascorbic acid) which is an antioxidant which protect cells from free radicals and simultaneously supplies collagen which speeds up the healing process of wounds. (3)

 

  • Contains good levels of vitamin B9 (folate) which helps prevent anaemia and promotes neuron functions. (4)

 

  • Plentiful in vitamin K which is great for the strengthening of bones and teeth. (5)

 

  • Abundant in the minerals: magnesium, manganese, copper, potassium, and phosphorus which combine to prevent joint pain, cramps and help maintain fluidity in cells. (6)

 

Artichoke Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 100 grams, raw

  Amt. Per 
Serving
% Daily 
Value*
Calories 47
Calories from Fat 1
Total Fat 0 g 0%
Saturated Fat 0 g 0 g
Trans Fat
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 94 mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 11 g 4%
Dietary Fibre 5 g 22%
Sugar 1 g
Protein 3 g
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 20%
Calcium 4% Iron 7%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie intake.

 

 

 

 

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