5 Amazing Health Benefits of Eggplant You May Have Not Heard Before

   |  Updated: July 13, 2018 16:27 IST

Google Plus Reddit
5 Amazing Health Benefits of Eggplant You May Have Not Heard Before
Highlights
  • Eggplant are heart-friendly and help to bring down bad cholesterol levels
  • Rich in fiber, eggplants improve the functions of the digestive system
  • Saponin in the eggplant prevents fat accumulationand absorption
Commonly known as aubergine in England and brinjal in India, eggplant is a glossy, teardrop-shaped vegetable belonging to the nightshade botanical family. It is the same purple variety found across the globe but is referred to as an eggplant mostly in the United States. The eggplant is native to a number of countries stretching from India to Burma and extending to China.  While the eggplant is assumed to be a vegetable, it is actually a fruit that is cooked as a vegetable or a savoury dish. Thus biologically, it can be termed as a fruit and in terms of cooking it is used a vegetable. With a slightly bitter and acidic taste which may not be preferred by many, it is essential to consider the impressive health benefits that eggplant offers. It is packed with vitamins like vitamin C, K and B6 and an ample amount of potassium, manganese and fiber. Even the leaves and roots of the plant are widely used for treating various infections and to heal wounds. Bangalore-based Nutritionist Dr. Anju Sood suggests several benefits that come along with eggplants that no one told you yet. 

Here're 5 Health Benefits of Eggplant You May Have Not Heard Before

1. Heart-friendly: A pigment present in eggplant known as anthocyanins helps strengthen the functioning of the heart. It also help to bring down the “bad” cholesterol and acts as a powerful antioxidant, and stimulate the uptake of “good” HDL cholesterol. The balance of cholesterol in the body is always fluctuating based on the food we eat, but the more HDL cholesterol we have, the better.
 

6osnvjaA pigment present in eggplant known as anthocyanins helps strengthen the functioning of the heart



2. Acts as a natural laxative: Rich in fibre, eggplants improve the functions of the digestive system by acting as a natural laxative. It provides fiber, in addition to water and antioxidants which can prevent the risk of inflammation in the digestive system and also helps in relieving constipation. 

(Also read: These 7 Foods Can Cause Constipation)
e9kpfqko

Rich in fiber, eggplants improve the functions of the digestive system by acting as a natural laxative

3. Weight loss: Saponin in the eggplant prevents fat accumulation and absorption in the body and thus, aids the process of losing weight. While its nutrient content is extremely high, eggplant low on carbohydrates and calories and can easily fit into your weight loss diet. 

esa2iso

Saponin in the eggplant prevents fat accumulation and absorption in the body

4. Rich in antioxidants: Anthocyanins that impart the deep purple colour to eggplants help in fighting free radicals in the body preventing the growth of cancer cells as well as other disease causing bacteria. Eggplants are especially rich in anthocyanins, a type of pigment with antioxidant properties that's responsible for their vibrant colour.

5. Helps prevent anemia: A rich source of iron, eggplants increase the production of red blood cells in the body and thus help fight anemia or iron deficiency, which is common in females. Eggplant has a decent amount of iron, which helps combat anemia. Since eggplant is also rich in copper, which is an essential component to produce red blood cells, you can see your hemoglobin count progress to the right side of average.



Now, that you know all the health benefits of eating eggplants regularly, don't shy away from this wonderful vegetable. There are several ways in which they can be made appealing and easier to consume for those who detest eating them. For instance, adding it to a simple sandwich or a whole grain burger does wonders. You can toss them with pasta or bake with cheese and other vegetables. Smokey, roasted eggplants are lovely with some light sauce. These are just few options to get you going. 

Disclaimer:

CommentsThe opinions expressed within this article are the personal opinions of the author. NDTV is not responsible for the accuracy, completeness, suitability, or validity of any information on this article. All information is provided on an as-is basis. The information, facts or opinions appearing in the article do not reflect the views of NDTV and NDTV does not assume any responsibility or liability for the same.



For the latest food news, health tips and recipes, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and YouTube.

Advertisement
Advertisement