Featured Food: Arugula

Talk of bitter foods led to today’s post on this leafy green: arugula. Not only is a great option to throw into salad mixes and to incorporate more bitter tastes into your diet, but it has other redeeming qualities as well. Originating from the Mediterranean, it grows throughoutMoroccoandLebanon(it is actually a quite simple plant to grow).  What’s great about it?

  • Like other greens you can stuff your face without the calories. A couple yields a mere 5 calories
  • Low in carbs. One cup has .43 g (i.e. fill up!)
  • Source dietary fiber
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin P
  • Vitamin A and it’s precursor beta-carotene
  • Vitamin K
  • Iron
  • Potassium

 We should have known it’s a good food, I mean it does come from the cruciferous family, so it has dashing relatives such as broccoli and cauliflower to look up too. It is also a n effective stimulant, so that it gives power and energy. Plus the vitamins K and P in it are believed to have a positive effect on liver function. So what is the harm in throwing a little arugula in with your spinach salad next time (I mean its not going to put any kind of dent into your days calorie or carb count)? For more on our fat-burning weight loss program check out our website at bodychange.net.

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