Eggplant, “a summer food” some people will say may be as a result of it seasonal cultivation. Eggplant has been known not to do well during winter as the weather is not favourable to it. However, eggplant is a great food which belongs to the nightshade family, it grows like tomatoes, producing a white – purple flower and a tasty purple egg-shaped fruit. The plant has a long history of about the 5th century and is said to be grown mostly around India, china and grows very well in Egypt. Eggplant did not get a wonderful place in the European cuisines before the 18th century as it was used mainly as a garden plant decoration and not really as a food because it variety then was the bitter variety; but in recent days, great tasty foods are been made with eggplant and the bitter variety is been replaced with another variety with a great taste. Eggplants are mostly considered as a vegetable while is it actually a berry and it is packed to incredible nutrients which the body needs to be healthy and as such, provides amazing health benefits to the body which includes:
- Heart health: eggplants are considered as cardiovascular saviour because of their great ability to take care of the heart as they contain good nutrients needed for the heart health like potassium, magnesium, niacin, and thiamine and phosphorous. They also have the ability to flush cholesterol out of the vessels and prevent the heart from diseases.
- Brain health: eggplant contains an anthocyanin “nasunin” which is a very strong antioxidant that protects the brain from the damages of free radicals and also enhance the activities of the nutrients in the cell.
- Fights constipation: eggplant just like most vegetables – is very high in fibre which is very essential in the process of digestion and smooth bowl movement. Fibre contained in eggplants also enhances the secretion of gastric juice which improves the absorption of food nutrients in the body.
- Lowers the risk of cancer: polyphenols, an anticancer properties is contained in eggplant. Also, anthocyanins and chlorogenic acid are present in eggplant and they are great antioxidants which helps in fighting the free radicals in the body which may be linked with the causes of cancer. By stimulating detoxification by this nutrients found in eggplant, the spread of cancer cells are been coped and it can also kill cancer cells in the body.
- Fights Anemia: iron deficiency in the body is the major cause of anemia and the eggplant is a great source of iron and by incorporating them in your food, you will be preventing the occurrence of the disease.
- Helps in weight loss: in losing that extra weight, regulating what you eat is very important but it doesn’t mean that one should starve or not eat when he or she is hungry as foods can be very tempting to many. But firstly, eggplant helps to suppress ghrelin the hormone which informs the brain that you are hungry thereby helping you to eat less because you won’t want to eat if you are not hungry. Also, eggplant contains good amount of fibre which helps in digestion and eggplants are no cholesterol, low calories and no fat food. Adding eggplant to your meal helps you loss that extra weight which out much stress.