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    Eggplant Nutrition & 9 Magnificent Health Benefits

    One of eggplant nutrition that has biggest health benefits is the fiber content which can improving digestion. We can still get eggplant nutrition if we cooked it by steamed or boiled, because eggplant cooked with spices or cooked with coconut milk, then we will lose its nutritional content.

    The other eggplant nutrition that we can get such as Folates, Niacin, Pantothenic acid, Pyridoxine, Riboflavin, Thiamin also Vitamin A, C, E and K. Minerals content in this vegetable that also known as aubergine or brinjal eggplant (some called it melongene, brinjal or guinea squash) such as copper, iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese and zinc. You can read more complete eggplant nutrition facts at table below.

    Eggplant Nutrition Facts

    Raw eggplant nutritional value per 100 g 
    Source: USDA Nutrient data base

     Energy : 25 Kcal 
     Carbohydrates : 5.88 g 
     Protein : 0.98 g 
     Total Fat : 0.18 g 
     Dietary Fiber : 3 g 
     Water : 92.30 g 
     Total sugar : 3.53 g 

     Folates : 22 µg 
     Niacin : 0.649 mg 
     Riboflavin : 0.037 mg 
     Thiamin : 0.039 mg 
     Vitamin A : 23 IU 
     Pyridoxine : 0.084 mg 
     Vitamin C : 2.2 mg 
     Vitamin D : 0 IU 
     Vitamin E : 0.30 mg 
     Vitamin K : 3.5 µg 

     Calcium : 9 mg 
     Iron : 0.23 mg 
     Magnesium : 14 mg 
     Phosphorus : 24 mg 
     Zinc : 0.16 mg 
     Sodium : 2 mg 
     Potassium : 229 mg 

     Saturated fatty acids : 0.034 g 
     Monounsaturated fatty acids : 0.016 g 
     Polyunsaturated fatty acids : 0.076 g 
     Cholesterol : 0

    Eggplant health benefits

    Empirically this vegetable even able to treat measles or chicken pox, alcohol dependence, gastritis, and burn scars. Another function of the eggplant is as anti-seizure medications that are relatively difficult to know exactly when the attack occurred. In addition, in Nigeria, eggplant is also believed to be a cure for the disease dampen nervousness. This panic repellent benefits, has been scientifically proven to marmot using raw eggplant juice. The other eggplant health benefits such as:

    1. Prevent cancer
    Research in Japan suggests that the eggplant juice can reduce the risk of cancer because of eggplant containing trypsin (protease inhibitor) is the component that is believed to help neutralize cancer-causing cells.

    2. Reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke
    In addition to its high fiber content, beta-carotene and other antioxidants levels are high enough on the skin of eggplant can help reduce the risk of coronary heart disease and stroke. Some of the results of research conducted by experts, shows that someone in their blood contains a lot of beta-carotene and other antioxidants (especially lutein and zeaxanthin), had a 72 percent lower risk of heart disease.

    3. Prevent hypertension
    Based on the amount of research on potassium deficiency is often experienced by people with hypertension. Eggplants contain potassium (potash) is quite high, ± 217mg / 100 grams of sodium (sodium) is very low at 3 mg / 100gram. High levels of potassium and low sodium may help prevent hypertension.

    4. Lowering blood cholesterol
    Fiber content is pretty much on all types of eggplant, which is as much as 2.5 gram / ​​100 gram, excellent for inhibiting fat absorption of cholesterol. Inhibition of cholesterol, especially the bad cholesterol (LDL) in the body makes blood fat and cholesterol levels decreased.

    5. Prevent diabetes
    Eggplant extracts can inhibit an enzyme that causes type 2 diabetes by controlling glucose absorption and lowering blood pressure which can lead to hypertension.

    6. Prevent atherosclerosis
    A rabbits research in 1970, showed rabbits that fed eggplant can reduce the accumulation of fat in the blood vessels, thus preventing clogging of the arteries (atherosclerosis).

    7. Brain Food
    Phytonutrients found in eggplant may help the development of our brains and protects cell membranes from various damages. For those of you who have children and if you want your child's brain is more active, then try entering the eggplant into their vegetables.

    8. Lose Weight
    Fiber content in eggplant, makes us not easily hungry and helps speed up the metabolism process. In addition, eggplant can help in the fat burning process in the body, so for those of you who feel a lot of fat let's start now trying to eat eggplant.

    9. Lowering the nervous tension
    In Nigeria, the eggplant is believed to be the drug to relieve mental shock due to neurological disorders. This is due to the components in eggplant called scopoletin and soroparone will deter nerve seizures. Because the use of eggplant to fight epilepsy and other convulsive diseases have been used as traditional medicine.

    Supposedly there are many more benefits of eggplant is not yet known, but with few nutritional eggplant above, maybe we should immediately put eggplant dishes to the menu.

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