ENDIVES, A RELIEF FOR DIGESTION
PROPERTIES OF ENVIVES
Endives are a useful complement in our salads, specially in summer since they contribute with much water and very few calories.
What are endives?
A endive is the cultivated variety of the endive of Brussels (Cichorium endivia), a plant related with the chicory (Cichorium intybus).
Endives, very suitable for digestive problems
Endive, as well as chicory, is very rich in fiber so that it is extremely useful to regulate the intestinal peristaltism, avoiding the accumulation of feces in the intestine not only avoiding the problem of constipation but helping to evacuate toxic substances, especially heavy metals that would be noxious for the organism and will produce illnesses as a result of their accumulation in our blood. Among such dangerous illnesses we could mention colon cancers.
Endives for weight loss diets
Very low in calories, with almost 94 % of water and with diuretic properties, it is very appropriate in the weigh loss diets or obesity treatment since it favors the elimination of corporal liquids increasing the flow of the urine and helping us to lose weight.
Endives to improve blood circulation
As the wild variety, it improves the circulation by making the blood and allowing to circulate it better, helping to eliminate the fat concentrations in the blood stream. It diminishes cholesterol levels and prevents arteriosclerosis.
As a result of its particular cultivation, we can say that this plant possesses very little vitamin C quantity, an element that a vegetable can only synthesize with the presence of the light, although it owns interesting minerals, mainly calcium and magnesium. It is quite rich in pro-vitamin A (Betacarotenes), what grants it antioxidant and anticancerous properties.
Because of these all properties, we should not forget endives as a part of our meal. For their beneficial properties for the digestive and circulatory system, as well as for their peculiar taste. The best way to eat them raw in salads, especially when they are accompanied of the appropriate sauce as those made with yogurt and cheese.
Source: USDA Nutrient Data Base
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