Monday, January 30, 2006

Low Calories with Eggplants

Low Calories with EggplantsEggplants are low in calories and score practically zero for fat, with one cup containing just 38 calories.

But it's what they do contain, as well as what they don't, that makes them a healthy choice.

The skin of the fruit is rich in flavonoids and other antioxidants, which can help reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. It's also packed with compounds called terpenes, which can help to lower cholesterol. One study in rabbits found that drinks of eggplant juice significantly reduced their blood cholesterol while improving blood flow.

Chlorogenic acid, one anti-oxidant found in eggplants, is especially potent, with research suggesting it has anti-cancer, anti-microbial and anti-viral properties, as well as an ability to help reduce levels of "bad" LDL cholesterol.
Written by By Emma Young

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