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Artichokes Are A Strange But Healthy Food

Updated: Jul 20, 2023



There have been artichokes for a very long time. They were first discovered in the Mediterranean Sea, and the ancient Romans employed them to heal weak digestion.

Artichokes have been a staple of Italian cuisine ever since the Romans discovered they were also delicious as an appetizer.


This greenish-purple vegetable is known by the Latin name Cynara scolymus. The blossom of the plant, often known as the French or Globe artichoke, is what is sold in grocery stores. Contrast it carefully with the Jerusalem artichoke, which is actually a North American tuber.


Twenty percent of the vitamin C you require for the day can be found in one medium artichoke. It only has 60 calories and is an excellent source of magnesium and potassium, both of which are crucial for a healthy heart. Additionally, it is abundant in the disease-fighting antioxidants that nutritionists adore, just like most fruits and vegetables.


Three ways that artichokes promote health:


1. Increases Digestion.


As it turns out, the Romans had it right when it came to digestion and artichokes. An element found in artichoke leaves aids in the formation of bile, which is essential for healthy digestion, in the liver. If your liver doesn't create enough bile, your food won't be adequately broken down, which leads to indigestion and stomach pain. After consuming a normal-sized meal, if you feel sick to your stomach, overstuffed, or have abdominal pain, you may have dyspepsia, a fancy term for poor digestion. People with dyspepsia treated with artichoke extracts demonstrated substantial improvements in several research investigations. Eat a tasty artichoke with your dinner to relieve your indigestion, just like the ancient Romans did.

2. Eliminates Heart Disease.


Your liver produces bile, which does more than just aid with digestion. Additionally, it aids in the breakdown of cholesterol from dietary fat. Similar to the I Love Lucy episode where the chocolate production line starts moving too quickly for her to keep up, a liver that doesn't produce enough bile allows too much cholesterol to pass through. Even with a low-fat diet, people who have liver issues can still have high cholesterol. Artichokes fit within this scenario. You may be able to lower your cholesterol by consuming them since they can stimulate the production of bile. According to a German study, ingesting artichoke extract for six weeks reduced levels of LDL cholesterol, or bad cholesterol, by more than 22%. Additionally, artichokes may be able to prevent your liver from producing some additional cholesterol.

3. Cuts Down Blood Sugar.


More than you would imagine, your liver is active. It also stores excess glucose (sugar) in the form of glycogen, which it converts back into glucose whenever it receives a call from your blood telling it that supplies are running low. In addition to breaking down fatty foods. This device is fantastic and has a flawlessly functional body. However, some people's livers work nonstop to produce glucose that their bodies don't require because they have broken phone lines. Diabetes and other health issues might result from this excessive glucose production. Researchers discovered that components in artichokes prevented livers from producing an excessive amount of glucose in animal studies. Although further research is required, experts believe artichokes could one day be beneficial for those with non-insulin-dependent diabetes. People may in the future control their blood sugar output by eating plants like artichokes.


Tips for the kitchen



Pick artichokes that are a uniform, green color. Avoid purchasing any that appear moldy, dried out, or wilted. The best heads are big and heavy.


Larger artichokes can be stuffed with a variety of fillings and served as a meal. Small artichokes are suitable for appetizers.


Make careful to use a sharp knife to cut off approximately an inch of the top. After that, remove about a quarter inch of the leaf tips, which are both unpleasant to the touch and inedible.


Artichokes can be boiled in water or steamed in a steamer basket. In around 30 minutes, they ought to be tender and prepared for eating. You can microwave them more rapidly if you're in a rush. To add moisture, first give them a good rinse with water. Then, cover each with plastic wrap that can be microwaved. The meaty portion near the base of four artichokes should be cooked after 10 to 15 minutes on high in the microwave.


These vegetables can be served hot or cold. Some people serve artichokes with a dipping sauce. Try a low-calorie, yogurt-based dip instead of a rich sauce because it would be a shame to ruin a low-fat item with it.


What portion of an artichoke is edible may be unclear to someone who has never eaten one. The lower portion of the leaf, where it separates from the stem, contains a soft, velvety chunk of "meat" that you may eat by carefully drawing the leaf through your teeth. The outer leaves are firm and mildly bitter. The heart of the artichoke remains after all the leaves have been chewed in this manner. You can eat the soft, nutty-flavored core whole. Before you start eating, simply use a spoon to remove the soft fluff.

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