The Other Green Giant

10 Apr

Ah, asparagus—the green bean with a 1960’s hairdo. Although the vegetable isn’t a traditional sushi ingredient, it’s become a staple on our menu. It also happens to be one of the most nutritious veggies we’ve got. If you don’t usually put asparagus in your custom rolls, keep reading and allow us to change your mind.

Let’s start with some history. Asparagus has been eaten for thousands of years, both as a meal and a medicine. The Egyptians used it as an offering and the Romans froze it in the Alps in order to preserve it for the feast of Epicurus. Sounds like a party. The vegetable appears in the world’s oldest surviving cookbook.

Now, to the healthy stuff.

Asparagus has 288 milligrams of potassium and three grams of fiber per cup. That might not mean anything to all you non-nutritionists out there, but consider this. That same cup of asparagus only has forty calories. Potassium is known as a belly fat fighting element, and fiber cleans out your digestive system. All things considered, if you’re watching your weight, asparagus is here to help. But that’s not all.

Asparagus is particularly rich in Glutathione. Heard of it? Probably not, but it’s about to become your new favorite compound. Glutathione is a natural detox that breaks down carcinogens and other harmful chemicals like free radicals. This makes asparagus a from of protection against bone, breast, colon, larynx, and lung cancers. Glutathione is also an anti-oxidant. Now we’ve heard the word “anti-oxidants” thrown around a lot recently, but no one seems to know exactly what they do. So we did some research. Anti-oxidants inhibit the oxidation of other molecules. Wow, shocking! We could go into great detail about what this actually means, but what’s important to know is that this oxygen inhibition process is essential to organ function, especially the brain and heart, and can therefore prevent Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and heart disease.

Lastly, Asparagus is a great source of vitamin C, a water-soluble acid vital to human growth and development. Vitamin C assists the growth and repair of tissue, skin, ligaments, and blood vessels. Have a cut that’s taking longer to heal than it should? This could mean you’re low on vitamin C. Better run to HDYR and get your custom roll with asparagus. That should get you on the right track in no time.

 

ImageOver and out!

Jeff

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