Asparagus benefits

Health benefits of asparagus

What are asparagus?

Asparagus (Asparagus officinalis L.) is a vegetable.

Asparagus is formed by a long stem with small bumps on the upper end ending in a pointed shape.

It is a dark green vegetable with intense reddish or slightly lighter green on top.

The interior is fibrous and with a lighter green color.

They have a mild bitter taste.

What are the main nutrients of asparagus?

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Photo of cultivated asparagus

As an energy source, 100 grams of asparagus provide 23 kcal.

Their proportion of nutrients are divided into:

Vitamins and minerals of asparagus

Asparagus is rich in potassium, magnesium, phosphorus and calcium, and low in iron, zinc and sodium.

It is rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E and vitamin B3. It also contains small amounts of other B vitamins

Asparagus composition

Asparagus composition

Nutritional characteristics of asparagus

It is high in water.

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Asparagus drawing: (More food drawings

  • It provides little energy.
  • It contains little fat, although of high quality and with many health benefits.
  • It has a high protein content.
  • It has a moderate-carbohydrate content.
  • It has a moderate-fiber content.
  • It helps to remove toxins from our body, because it contains potassium.
  • It helps maintain our brain function properly, because it contains phosphorus. In addition, together with calcium, it maintains the balance of the formation of strong bones.
  • Because of its magnesium content, it helps the contraction and relaxation of muscles.
  • Because of its content in B vitamins, particularly vitamin B3, it helps us get energy from fat, protein and carbohydrate intake, and maintain our defenses in good condition.
  • It protects the skin and helps keep it healthy, because it contains vitamin A.
  • It protects us from colds and helps heal wounds, because it contains vitamin C.
  • It protects us from the toxins and aging, because of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E and zinc.

Asparagus in the kitchen:

Some recipes

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This article was endorsed by Elisenda Carballido - Dietitian nutritionist. Postgraduate in Phytotherapy and master in Nutrition and Metabolism.
Written by Editorial Botanical-online team in charge of content writing

22 December, 2021

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