Health Benefits of Asparagus

single asparagus spear
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A single asparagus spear has
fewer than four calories.

Asparagus can almost be called the ideal vegetable. It's rich in nutrients, very low in calories and very high in flavor. When cooked properly, each asparagus spear retains its crunchy yet tender texture, making it satisfying and filling -- and, at less than four calories per spear, a great choice for those watching their weight.

Health Benefits of Asparagus

Asparagus is ideal for young women; it's a winner when it comes to
folic acid -- a vitamin that helps prevent neural-tube birth defects. Two major antioxidants -- beta-carotene and vitamin C -- are also abundant in asparagus. By neutralizing damaging particles in our bodies like smog and cigarette smoke, antioxidants are major contenders in the fight against heart disease, cancer, and cataracts.

Nutritional Values of Fresh and Cooked Asparagus
Serving Size: 4 spears
Calories 13
Fat 1 g
Saturated Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 g
Carbohydrate 3 g
Protein 2 g
Dietary Fiber 1 g
Sodium 8 mg
Vitamin A
604 IU
Vitamin C 5 mg
Folic Acid 89 micrograms
Potassium 134 mg
380 micrograms

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