Whole Foods Wednesday – Eggplant

Do you like eggplant? I love it… we have not yet tried our hands at growing it (mostly due to space restrictions!), but I love to eat it… I will confess to enjoying some eggplant Parmesan now and then, but eggplant is a powerhouse all on its own…

In addition to featuring a host of vitamins and minerals, eggplant also contains important phytonutrients, many which have antioxidant activity. Phytonutrients contained in eggplant include phenolic compounds, such as caffeic and chlorogenic acid, and flavonoids, such as nasunin, a potent antioxidant and free radical scavenger that has been shown to protect cell membranes from damage.

Eggplant is a also great source of dietary fiber, vitamin B1, and copper. It is a good source of manganese, vitamin B6, niacin, potassium, folate, and vitamin K.

It is also a low glycemic food, making it a great choice for Diabetics!

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