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Fantastic Asparagus

Apr 18, 2008
People regularly eat asparagus, which is amongst the most healthy vegetations around, and whether you are attempting to loose some pounds, become stronger or leading a healthy eating lifestyle, you will discover its world of benefits by including it into your diet. Although preferred as a side dish, it is easy to spot that with a tad bit of work and exploration, asparagus can be an exceptional mouth-watering main dish.

In as far as fruits and vegetables go, asparagus is extremely good for you. A ten ounce serving of asparagus is not only low in calories, but will also provide you with a variety of vitamins and minerals that you might be missing. You'll find that it is an excellent source zinc, calcium, manganese and copper. It is also an excellent source of folic acid, making it an extremely desirable food for pregnant women or people who need to maintain their health.

Studies have linked asparagus to anticarcinogens , which is interesting because it helps avoid tumors and cancer in lab animals who were eating the vegetable by itself. Its relatively short shelf life, you will realize, is a sign of nutrient loss in the vegetable.

Limp stems and moist, slimy tips are signals that the vegetable is ready to be discarded. For fussy eaters in the family, there are several ways of preparing asparagus, from freshly obtaining it in bunches to having pickled to a yellowy paleness.

If you have a love of dairy, consider making a cream of asparagus soup. Asparagus has a wonderfully mild flavor that goes quite well with cheeses and creams, and when cooked in soup, the asparagus itself will become deliciously tender while still maintaining some of its crispness. You'll find that the addition of nuts like crushed walnuts or cashews to it will also help add to the texture.

You can create a wonderfully light lunch or dinner by simply steaming the spears and pouring your preferred sauce over it. As mentioned earlier, a creamy white sauce, or something more sweet or savory like teriyaki sauce compliments it well.

This strong and lovely vegetable can do wonders for you if you would take some time to discover its wonders!
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Kathy Bea has been involved with food and cooking for over thirty years, and writes for magazines and articles on cooking.
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