Jerusalem Artichokes, if you are a vegetarian you need to eat these delectable little tubers read on to find out why

English: Photo by Gila Brand. This is my own w...

English: Photo by Gila Brand. This is my own work. Jerusalem artichokes (cooking in a pot in Jerusalem) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Jerusalem artichoke is high in two essential minerals: potassium and magnesium. Potassium is a mineral that helps your heart to beat properly, keeps your blood pressure in the healthy range and assists healthy muscle function decreasing muscle spasms and strain. Magnesium is essential for heart health and correct muscle function.Its high in Iron so a great choice for a vegetarian diet and one of the highest sources of immune enhancing inulin

Other benefits include

Wellness

Aids Digestion due to its high Fibre content

Helps Diabetes Inulin helps keep blood sugar stable , like Globe artichokes they are high in inulin and are beneficial for individuals who have diabetes

Healthy function of your liver Iron is an essential mineral that enables your body to produce healthy red blood cells and transports oxygen to every part of your body. A Jerusalem artichoke supplies 28 percent of the 18 mg of iron that you need each day in just a 1-cup serving. Iron is also important for maintaining your immune system and helps protect against harmful germs, bacteria and other substances. Additionally, a diet high in iron can help protect against the damage caused by free radicals

Helps cure hangovers it’s really high in electrolytes, replenishing the bodies energy

Immune System Iron is an essential mineral that enables your body to produce healthy red blood cells and transports oxygen to every part of your body. A Jerusalem artichokes contain more iron than any root or tuber vegetable. It’s important for maintaining your immune system and helps protect against bad germs, bacteria and other substances
Reduces Risk of Cancer Due to the Inulin which supports healthy bacteria in your stomach and colon

Reduces inflammation and viral cough and cold due to anti-oxidant vitamins such as vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin E. These vitamins together with flavonoid compound like carotene helps scavenge harmful free radicals

Weight loss

Fibre which the little gem contains much of, gives you energy, adding Jerusalem artichokes to your diet may help you boost your metabolism

Beauty

High Fibre content ingested with lots of water gives skin new softness and radiance. Additionally, keeping your skin  hydrated will help to diminish lines and wrinkles, and eliminate pimples and blackheads

Cooking

My Favorite way to eat Jerusalem artichokes is Raw leave the skin on just clean well

soups  like a very waxy potato like texture to cook

salads  they are similar to water chestnuts in texture when consumed raw

roast like other root vegetables, they have a waxy, nutty type flavour when cooked

pesto  I prefer them raw and my favourite way to eat them is to treat them like a nut and use them as a substitute for them in dishes like that

So next time you see them don’t walk past pick them up and add some more variety into your diet today 

Jerusalem artichokes

Jerusalem artichokes (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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