Eggplants, also known as aubergines, belong to the nightshade family of plants. Although often considered a vegetable, they’re actually a fruit. We list 14 amazing benefits of including eggplant into your diet.
- High content of Vitamin A, B1, B2, C, folic acid: elements that help strengthen the immune system and combat disease.
- Eggplants may prevent arthritis, osteoporosis, and heart conditions, due to their content of minerals such as potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, and phosphorus. Some studies suggest that their high antioxidant content may help reduce the risk of heart disease.
- They are low in calories, fat-free and have a large amount of water (a cup of eggplants contains only 38 calories), which makes this vegetable a great ally if you want to maintain a healthy weight.
- Eggplants also contain flavonoids, which help regulate cellular activity and fight off free radicals. They help your body function more efficiently while protecting it against everyday toxins and stressors.
- It is rich in fiber, which generates an effect of satiety and the proper functioning of the digestive system.
- Thanks to its nutrients, recent studies have revealed that eggplant may prevents certain types of cancer or heart disease.
- Findings show that eggplant is rich in nutrients that may improve cognitive functions.
How to use eggplants
Eggplants are a staple in the Mediterranean Diet, known as one of the healthiest diets in the world. Luckily, eggplants are very versatile and can be used in curries, stews, roasted for salads, used in spreads, and dips. To remove the bitter aftertaste, slice the eggplant before cooking and soak it in salted water or boiling water, for a couple of hours.
Check out our article on the Mediterranean Diet, which includes eggplants and many other healthy foods.