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Health August 2014

Eat Right Now

Don't Fear the Eggplant

By Wendell Fowler

Eggplant's an excellent source of fiber, which helps protects your temple against type 2 diabetes and keeps your bowels smoothly movin'. The vitamins in eggplant consist primarily of vitamins A, B , folate, vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, calcium and phosphorous.

There's a first time for everything, particularly eating heavenly, health-sustaining plant food. For some, eggplant presents a challenge. "I simply detest eggplant!" I hear all the time as eggplant isn't the “go-to” food almost anywhere in the U.S.

Botanically, the misunderstood eggplant is a fruit. Since prehistoric times, it's been cultivated in southern and eastern Asia, but India domesticated the eggplant. The eggplant reached Europe, where it was initially thought to cause insanity since it's a member of the nightshade family. According to a 5th century Chinese scroll, fashionable Chinese women made dye out of the skin of purple eggplants and polished their teeth with it. Amateur botanist Thomas Jefferson brought the highly nutritious eggplant to the States, where it was used for table decoration.

Fast forward: CNN recently reported, "Cancer cases are expected to surge 57% worldwide in the next 20 years, an imminent human disaster that will require a renewed focus on prevention to combat, according to the World Health Organization."

Say hello to eggplant and its protective antioxidants. Actually, ALL of creation’s edible plants contain cancer-preventing phytonutrients in various forms. The USDA's Agricultural Research Service reports the chlorogenic acid in eggplant is known for its high antioxidant mojo. Antioxidants, by the way, shield your temple's cells from oxidation, a chemical process that damages cells and contributes to disease. The Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry reports the nasunin in eggplant has anti-angiogenic abilities which, the Cancer Center at the Angiogenesis Foundation explains stimulates new growth of blood vessels and blood supply. Cancerous cells can gain angiogenesis ability, which cause cancerous masses or tumors to grow quicker. Nasunin prevents angiogenesis.

Eggplant's an excellent source of fiber, which helps protects your temple against type 2 diabetes and keeps your bowels smoothly movin'. The vitamins in eggplant consist primarily of vitamins A, B , folate, vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, calcium and phosphorous. Fat-free, six carbs and 27 calories in 1 cup, the eggplant is an outstanding addition to the family dinner table.

Eggplant is a blank canvas where you can paint many flavor combinations: eggplant Parmesan, lasagna, ratatouille, or classic baba ghanoush. Marinate unskinned slices and or toss cubes into a stir-fry, as a side vegetable, or inside a sandwich wrap. Season slices and then broil, bake, sauté, puree or rub them all over your body if you wish.

The act of salting and rinsing eggplant to reduce bitterness isn't as necessary these days because modern eggplants are less bitter, although salting eggplant will reduce the amount of oil absorbed in cooking and release excessive water.

Your sacred temple was created to express perfect health from the moment you were born. Every compassionate change you make to more plant food matters. Choose mindfully, valued friends, and avoid the upcoming tsunami of cancer – a man-made disease.

 

Chef Wendell hosts Eat Right Now on WISH TV 8 CBS Indianapolis. He can be reached at 317-372-2592 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Visit his website at Chefwendell.com.

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