Edible properties of arugula
EDIBLE BENEFITS OF ARUGULA
Historical consumption of Arugula
Rocket or arugula is a plant of the mustard family, such as watercress. It grows widely throughout the Mediterranean region. Its origins are austere, since it has generally been used as the vegetable food of the peasants. As time passed, it was moved from the markets of major cities for spinach, chard and other more productive vegetables.
Currently, rocket or arugula has become, paradoxically, an exquisite plant, which never fails in the menus of the most glamorous restaurants.
Parts used in nutrition
- Rocket leaves are a typical ingredient of salads, but they can be cooked like spinach.
- Its flowers can be taken in salads or soups. They are an ingredient of flowers butter and can be used to decorate desserts.
- Rocket seeds are a historical substitute of mustard seeds, and are typically used in salad dressings or potato, for example.
- The pressing of arugula seeds produces an oil known as Taramira oil. This oil is not edible, but it is used for cosmetic and medicinal purposes.
- Arugula sprouts are a condiment for salads.
Nutritional composition of arugula
- Energy: arugula provides very few calories, making it an ideal plant for those who want to lose weight.
- Carbohydrates: Its contribution is very low, less than 4g per 100g rocket leaves. This vegetable can be eaten for people with diabetes, because it does not alter their blood sugar levels. Moreover, some of these polysaccharides are involved in cancer prevention.
- Fats: it is an ideal plant for cleansing diets because it has almost no fat.
- Fiber: It contains 1.6 grams of fiber per 100g. In ancient texts it is said that too much rocket can cause flatulence due to its high fiber content (Dr. Laguna).
- Vitamins: it is an outstanding plant for its healthy supply of vitamin A, folic acid and pantothenic acid. Suitable for people with fatigue, psychophysic weakness and convalescence.
- Minerals: because of its supply of iron, plus vitamin C (which helps absorb the iron), rocket is a perfect remedy for anemia. We should introduce it in our weekly diet, in omelets, pasta dishes and salads. It also stimulates the appetite, an important aspect for tired or anemic people.
- Essential oil: Essentially sulfur (glucosinolate) is responsible for the pungency of the plant. There are other many substances in this oil with high antioxidant and anticarcinogenic properties.
- Carotenoids: It contains two carotenoids, β-cryptoxanthin and zeaxanthin, natural antioxidants.
- Flavonoids: this plant contains some flavonoids, such as kaempferol, and quercetin isohamnerin, that are considered natural antioxidants for cells.
Who should eat aurugula?
- In any balanced diet. Rocket provides the vitamins and minerals your body needs daily, and it is an excellent vegetable to introduce in salads or cooking instead of spinach. We will benefit from its trace elements, vitamin A (important for the eyes and skin); it facilitates our digestion and it is an aphrodisiac food.
- Rocket to lose weight. It is a vegetable with no calories. Very nutritious for its vitamin and mineral content. For its fiber content, it provides us with fullness, which can be very helpful to lose weight. As well as other spring vegetables, like dandelion, is very cleansing and diuretic. Interesting to introduce into the so often-monotonous diets. We can place it in omelets, salads, soups and teas.
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This material is for informational purposes only. In case of doubt, consult the doctor.