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Updated 27 February 2013

Asparagus

It is thought that asparagus stimulates immunity and also may help to lower cholesterol. It is a good source of folate and vitamin E.

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It is thought that asparagus stimulates immunity and also may help to lower cholesterol. It is a good source of folate and vitamin E. It also contains fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS) that promote the growth of beneficial bacteria in the colon. Asparagus is also a natural diuretic.

Green asparagus contains more phytochemicals than white asparagus. FOS is not destroyed by cooking, but the folate content can be preserved by steaming the asparagus until tender.

An average serving of asparagus weighs 125g.

Calories 13
Potassium 110 mg
Fibre 0,7g
Folate 74 mcg
Vitamin E 1,2mg
Carotenes 255 mcg
Vitamin C 5mg
Per 100 g cooked
 
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