Eggplant (Solanum melongena) doesn’t pack a lot of caloric punch for its size. This species of nightshade is perfect for those looking forward to eating something meaty, without the excess calories. Lots of empty space in this vegetable – don’t pack it on long training expeditions.

Eggplant can provide many health benefits, including being important in the treatment and prevention of cancer. Eggplant has been found to be especially useful in the treatment of colon cancer due to the high amount of fiber found within eggplant. Fiber is important in the treatment of colon cancer because it is a relatively porous nutrient, and because of this, as it moves through the digestive tract, it has the tendency to absorb toxins and chemicals that can lead to the development of colon cancer. For best results, individuals who are interested in reducing their risk for the development of color cancer should be sure to include the skin of the eggplant during consumption. Research has found that the skin of eggplant may contain more fiber that the actual eggplant itself.

Want to cook with eggplant.  Check out this recipe of the day from Spartan Race.



source: USDA, Wikipedia, Google



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