Artichoke

Artichoke Nutrition Benefits Recipes

Food is Medicine: enjoy these simple recipes and discover how artichokes can support your health and wellness.

Artichoke nutrition, benefits, recipes.... let your imagination run wild with the potential of fresh produce!Artichokes contain powerful antioxidants and prebiotics which help to rebalance ‘good’ gut flora, support detoxification processes, help with weight loss, and prevent cardiovascular diseases.The tennis ball-sized vegetable (usually green or purple in colour) is harvested around five to six months after planting, when the buds are still firm and the petals closed tight.

As part of a healthy and well balanced eating pattern, artichokes can support your health and wellness, by providing:

  • 43 calories / 100g
  • 83% water

Nutrition:

  • Vitamin B6, B12, B-Complex, C & K
  • Copper
  • Iron
  • Magnesium
  • Manganese
  • Niacin (B3)
  • Phosphorus
  • Potassium
  • Riboflavin (B2)
  • Thiamin (B1)
  • Zinc

Health Benefits May Include:

  • Reduce unhealthy cholesterol levels, improve blood flow & protect heart health.
  • Accelerate gut movement, fat digestion and vitamin absorption.
  • Support weight loss through high levels of dietary fibre.
  • Ease symptoms associated with Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
  • Improve levels of healthy gut flora and boost detoxification processes.
  • Stabilise blood sugar levels and help to control diabetes.
  • Boost iron levels and prevent anaemia.
  • Improve the appearance of skin and fight the aging process.
  • Inhibit fungal and bacterial activity and support immunity.

When selecting artichokes in-store, select globes that are plump and feel heavy for their size. Select when deep green or purple in colour, with tightly closed petals and a firm stem. Avoid if they have a limp stalk and petals that are partially open and curling backwards. They are best stored in the fridge and will keep for a couple of weeks if wrapped in a plastic bag.

Artichoke Nutrition Health Benefits & Recipes:

For a further detailed nutritional analysis of artichokes, search:

The Australian Food Composition Database.(This web link will be applicable to all foods)

To learn more about how artichokes can fit into a healthy and balanced eating pattern, search:

The Australian Dietary Guidelines or Nutrition Australia's Healthy Eating Pyramid.

To learn more about growing your own artichokes at home:

Growing Artichokes

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