Aubergines: Your Purple Summer Health Food

by Niki Kefala

Aubergines also known as eggplant, is the ultimate summer food. You can use them in many recipes – like my mom does – and enjoy their great flavor.

As for your health benefits?

Aubergines are high in fiber that prevents constipation and risk of colon cancer and they have good amount of water content. But they are also low in fat (just 24 calories) and therefore recommended for those managing type 2 diabetes or having weight concerns. The fiber that mentioned before making you feel fuller for longer. Apart from this, aubergines additionally work as an antiviral and anti-microbial.

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Aubergines pasta pie
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Aubergines and cheese

This purple vegetable contains good amounts of vitamin B5, B6, B1, B3, K, potassium and iron. The high quantity of B complex vitamins stops stress. In addition it is high in copper, magnesium and manganese. Also contains nasunin (which gives aubergine its purple color) an antioxidant, that helps brain function and safeguard brain from free radical cells. Moreover aubergines have the ability to move excess iron out of the body and reduces the chance of cardiovascular diseases and strokes because they help to lower bad cholesterol.

The peel of aubergine has significant amounts of phenolic flavonoid phyto-chemicals. Scientific studies have shown that these antioxidants have potential health effects against cancer, aging, inflammation and neurological diseases.

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Aubergine cake

If you like to quit smoking, its time to put aubergines in your diet because, believe it or not, they have small amount of nicotine, which helps those who want to gradually quit this bad habit. So you will be healthier and more energetic.

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Stuffed aubergines

And to be even more beautiful because of all this vitamins and fiber and minerals and water content, aubergines gives you a glowing skin. Who needs face creams? Also are making your hair healthier and help them to shine and grow faster.

 

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