Humanity has known egg plants for many centuries. In India, which is thought to be their home, they still grow in the wild. There are many types of garden egg plants and many people like them in their meals. Now, let’s see whether they are really that useful to our health.
Garden egg nutritional value: what you eat when you eat an egg plant
When cooking egg plants, really few people ever think seriously about the possible effect on their bodies. We are just used to them in many forms: fried and eaten as appetizers or a garnish to some meat; boiled or stewed in an oven, and so on. However, it’s always better to know what you eat and what you should expect.
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These dark violet berries (in fact, egg plants are berries though a lot of people do not know this) contain a lot of nutrients. Like other vegetables, they have plenty of vitamins, for instance, vitamins of the B group, which are good for the nerve system and reduce sleeplessness. The amount of vitamin C, which a single egg plant contains, is enough to prevent many diseases. The vitamin PP, which can also be found in these plants, is useful for those who are quitting tobacco smoking.
Apart from the vitamins, egg plants contain plenty of potassium, phosphorus, iron, calcium, magnesium, copper, and manganese. Due to such a wide range of useful elements egg plants should be a necessary part of a pregnant woman’s diet. They can improve the health condition in case the future mother suffers from anemia. The amount of iron they possess is enough to fight this problem and help the child to develop properly.
Breastfeeding women should also give attention to garden egg plants, The only thing to worry about is the baby’s reaction to this product. In case the mother did not eat egg plants during her pregnancy, it’s necessary to introduce them carefully and stop eating them at once if the baby shows signs of allergy.
Egg plant skin contain another useful element, which is called nasunin. This is a powerful antioxidant, which can help cells regenerate and develop properly. Antioxidants are a great means that prevents cancer and provides energy for the brain.
Is garden egg good for weight loss?
The useful features of garden egg plant will be extremely useful for those on a diet. 100g of the plant contain only 96kJ. Of course, it’s not about fried egg plants because the pulp of these berries has an ability to absorb a lot of oil while frying. This is why it’s better to cut the egg plants into pieces and allow in water for a while before cooking. This procedure will help the pulp to absorb less oil and do less harm to your waist.
Boiled or stewed eggplants are a perfect meal during a diet. They contain plenty of food fiber and help your digestive system function properly. In addition, the enzymes egg plants contain effectively break down fats and reduce the level of blood cholesterol. In return, the body receives useful fatty acids.
If you want to receive nothing but good from the egg plants you eat, choose young items of an intense color and with a smooth shiny skin. The eggs that are of a dirty brownish or green-gray color are overly ripe. They are not useful and have a bad taste.
Are egg plants effective against health issues?
If you are still not an egg plant fan, you’d better change your opinion. The nutrients in these plants can help you defeat many diseases or, at least, improve your health condition.
Here’s a list of health issues, which can be improved with the help of an egg plant diet:
- Anemia (because it increases the level of hemoglobin and the number of red blood cells)
- Diabetes and atherosclerosis (because it reduces the amount of cholesterol and sugar in blood)
- Ischemic heart disease (because it can help sustain blood pressure at a normal level)
- Kidney and liver problems (because it has a delicate diuretic effect)
- Digestion problems
- Metabolic disorders
- Constant stresses
In eastern countries where this plant originates it’s considered to be a fruit of eternal youth. Eastern women appreciate its ability to regenerate skin and return it a young shiny look, to improve complexion, reduce wrinkles, and add firmness to skin.
Can garden egg plants do harm to anybody?
In spite of the mentioned useful abilities and features, egg plants are not a thing that everybody should eat. Their usefulness depend on the cooking method and their ripeness. For instance, as it was already mentioned above, fried egg plants are far from being useful for health. They are soaked with oil, food fibers are destroyed by the process of frying, and the pulp absorbs all the dangerous carcinogens the oil gives off in the process of frying. Such oily meals are dangerous for people with digestive disorders and those who stick to a low-fat diet.
It’s important to avoid overly ripe egg plants. They contain a lot of concentrated solanine, a highly toxic poison, which can cause intoxication of different types. The symptoms usually appear after 8 to 12 hours from eating and involves diarrhea, nausea, seizures, and mental confusion. Overly ripe egg plants can be detected by their dirty brown color, a lot of seeds inside, and a stem that looks withered. Egg plants can have diverse colors of the peel, starting with dark violet and ending with white, choose the ones that are firm, glossy, and bear no cuts or scratches on their surface.
To avoid the poisoning and also to remove the bitterness that is characteristic for many types of egg plants, simply cut them into pieces or slices and leave in slightly salted water for a while. Due to the bitterness, it’s better not to overdo with egg plants if you have gastritis or stomach ulcer. In general, these plants contain very little carbohydrates and such a diet can cause an abrupt drop in blood sugar level and further complications.
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