Published: 01/10/2015 - Updated: 03/08/2020
Author: Dra. Loredana Lunadei, PhD
Did you know that asparagus is on the list of perfect foods for diabetics? If you didn’t know, it’s time to include it in your daily diet. You can enjoy it in creams, salads, grilled or in a wrap.
Benefits and properties of Asparagus
The reason the vegetable is consider perfect for people that suffer from diabetes is because it has been discovered to naturally contribute to insulin production. This hormone controls blood sugar levels.
Likewise, it is a diuretic food, low in sugar and fats, and also helps eliminate glucose through the urine.
Remember, now you have more reasons for consuming asparagus, so you can combine it with artichokes and garlic, two other foods that are beneficial for diabetes patients.
Another benefit of eating asparagus is its benefits for the digestive system. It is high in fiber and proteins. These proteins help construct the tissues that make up our muscles and the fiber improves intestinal movement, fighting constipation.
There are a lot of minerals in asparagus’s composition, like magnesium, which promotes the immune system and helps keep the body strong for fighting frequent illnesses, like the flu. It also takes part in nerve, intestinal and muscle functioning.
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It also contains potassium, an important mineral for muscle development, and the conveyance and creation of nerve impulses, among other things. It also provides zinc, which is vitally important for normal brain development.
Some specialists have confirmed that eating asparagus aids more pleasant sleep, making problems of getting to sleep disappear. Which is no say…no more insomnia.
How is it prepared?
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Although some people don’t like the way asparagus tastes, it’s just a question of getting used to it. It is recommended to learn to consume it from an early age. According to experts, we should eat asparagus at least once a week.
Homemade recipes with Asparagus:
It’s best to eat it in salads so as to preserve all of its properties, or as a puree. After washing it well, parboil them in boiling water for 5 minutes. Blend it, then strain. Here are a few recipes that could be a great help to you:
In a bit of frying oil, fry the garlic and onion, add potatoes and enough water to cover everything. Over medium heat, with the lid on, cook until the potatoes are well cooked. Once boiling, add the asparagus and boil for just a little (we recommend cutting off the hard part of the asparagus). Lastly, reduce heat. Then blend the mixture in the blender, and strain afterwards. To serve, add salt to taste and accompany with bits of serrano ham.
Heat oil in a large pan, add yellow pepper, garlic and onions. Saute and stir for two minutes. Add chicken, asparagus and rosemary. Don’t forget to saute, stirring for five minutes or until the chicken and asparagus is well cooked. Add broth and let boil for 1 minute. Lastly, add walnuts, and mix together to serve.
Place oil and sliced garlic in the pan, beat 3 eggs and add asparagus. Stir well and toss in the pan until the mixture firms like a tort. Fry on both sides.
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