Eggplant, or brinjal as it is also known, is the glorious purple fruit that we all know and love. It is used in many dishes around the world, bringing a unique flavour and texture to recipes. We have previously looked at some interesting facts about eggplants that many people don’t know, and now we want to look at some of the top health benefits of this fruit.
Eggplant Aids Digestion
If you often have trouble with your stomach, it might be time to start including more eggplant in your diet. It has a high dietary fiber content which helps to keep your digestive system functioning properly, keeping you regular.
Eggplant is Great for Weight Loss
Eggplant is low in calories, which makes it a great fruit to include in your diet when you are trying to lose weight. It contains insignificant amounts of fat yet provides bulk to your diet which helps to keep you feeling full and eating less. This is what ultimately helps with weight loss.
Eggplant is High in Antioxidants
Antioxidants help protect the body from damage caused by harmful free radicals. Many studies have shown that antioxidants can also help prevent many types of chronic diseases, such as cancer and heart disease. Eggplants are rich in an antioxidant called nasunin, which has been shown to be effective at protecting our cells from damage caused by free radicals.
Eggplants are Rich in Nutrients
Eggplants contain good amounts of vitamins and minerals, making them nutrient-dense foods. They are a good source of fiber, folate, potassium, vitamins k and c, manganese and also contain smaller amounts of magnesium, niacin and copper. Not only are they packed with nutrients, but they are low in calories which is better for our diets. These vitamins and minerals help to keep our bodies healthy and functioning properly.
Eggplants are Good for Diabetics
Eggplant has a low Glycemic Index (GI) of 15. Foods, like eggplant, that are low GI won’t spike glucose levels as they are absorbed slowly by the body. This makes them a suitable fruit option for diabetics.
Another great benefit of eggplant is that it is easy to include it in your diet. It can be fried, grilled, roasted or baked, and can also be used as a low-calorie replacement for many high-calorie ingredients, such as pasta. This helps you reduce your calorie intake without missing out on the fiber you need.
Eggplant is one of the options we provide our customers with at Anat, and they can add this to their meals. Now that you know more about its health benefits, you might consider adding it to your next Anat meal!