Eggplant is an amazing ingredient to use in stews, roasts and healthy snacks. We list 3 things that you may not know about eggplant.
Did you know that this vegetable originally comes from India? Isn't that unbelievable! I would have never thought it as it is one of the main ingredients in the Mediterranean diet, in fact, it is one of the healthiest diets in the world.
1. Eggplant skin has the highest nutrient content
The surface layer of eggplants contains a phytonutrient called nasunin, a powerful antioxidant that helps repair cell damage. Its beneficial effects on brain cells have also been demonstrated.
2. They are ideal for weight loss
A large amount of water and fiber that eggplants contain allows us to eat more generous portions without worrying about gaining weight. Eggplants provide a feeling of satiety to the body.
3. It should not be eaten raw or unripe
Eggplant contains a toxic alkaloid, solanine, which is present in the green or unripe sections of this vegetable during its growth. Solanine disappears with heat, so there is no risk of ingestion if the eggplant is ripe and perfectly cooked.