Magazine article Work & Family Life

Try Asparagus, the Quintessential Spring Vegetable

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Try Asparagus, the Quintessential Spring Vegetable

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Asparagus is packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber and protein-in fat-free spears that contain only about 3 calories each. Here's what 1 cup of cooked asparagus (8 medium spears) has to offer:

Folate The B vitamin that promotes cell division.

Vitamin K Essential for bone formation and blood clotting.

Potassium  good source of vitamins C and A, thiamin, riboflavin, manganese, B6, copper, niacin and phosphorus.

Rutin A lesser-known compound that strengthens capillary walls.

Inulin A group of naturally occurring sugars that increase calcium absorption and promote the growth of friendly bacteria in the large intestine.

Is there a downside?

For some people, yes. The sulphur in asparagus may yield a bit of gassy odor. But the major concern is our tendency to slather asparagus with butter, sour cream, cheese, Hollandaise or other sauces high in fat and sodium. …

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