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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Health benefits of eggplants

As you have noticed it by now that I have changed the template of my blog. I have done that before and why I always keep on changing the themes of my blog is mostly depends on my moods. I always in need for a change. Do tell me what do you think about this new template?

Now coming back to the post. Personally, I don't like eggplants much because for me they are almost tasteless. For some of you, they can be bitter in taste or its hard to cook them. But in-spite of all this, the good thing is that, they also have their benefits and can help in lowering the risk of coronary heart disease.

They are native to South Asia and known in South Asian countries as Brinjal or Bengan. They are available in markets throughout the season but their growing season is from August to October. This year we are growing them in our garden as they are nutritionally very important.



Some health benefits of brinjal or eggplants:

They are used as brain food because the skin of eggplant contains a phytonutrient called nasunin that helps protect the lipids in brain cell membranes. Cell membranes are almost entirely composed of lipids and are responsible for protecting the cell from free radicals, letting nutrients in and wastes out, and receiving instructions from messenger molecules that tell the cell which activities it should perform.

They are rich sources of phenolic compounds that function as antioxidants. It is believed, the phenolic acid in eggplant or brinjal is responsible for the eggplants slight bitter taste and browning that results when the flesh is cut. The antioxidant property can help prevent cancer, bacterial and viral infection.

They also reduce glucose levels of type II Diabetes.

They have a high source of dietary fibers, which is helpful for the proper functioning of the digestive system, and also acts against coronary heart disease.

I have that two variety of eggplants or brinjals (green apple eggplant and Asian eggplant) in my home garden which is easy to grow and cook.


References:
To know more about eggplants or brinjal,
visit these websites for more information:

Eggplant -- A Mad Apple with a Dark Liaison
Benefits Of Eggplant
Health Benefits of Eggplant
Eggplant

9 comments:

Corner Gardener Sue said...

I grew a white kind of eggplant that I couldn't tell when it was ripe. It ended up getting soft before I used it, so I put it on the compost pile.

I enjoyed your post. Thanks for visiting my blog.

Sophia said...

I love fried eggplant sandwiches with artichokes and also fried eggplant Parmesan. But I bet that frying them takes away their healthy attributes. :)

The most important feature of your blog are the posts. The design is secondary. So in my opinion your design should be chosen based on what makes you happy. I'll continue to visit no matter what it looks like!

birdy said...

I don't like eggplant at all. Actually they make my tongue tingle and that's why, I always try to avoid eating them. Any how thanks for sharing these great and interesting information.

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Nell Jean said...

Eggplant is tasty, roasted and combined with onion and green peppers, vinegar and oil to make a sort of warm salad.

mania said...

@ Corner Gardener Sue: We never have grown this white kind of eggplant but I have heard that its less bitter in taste. Thank s for the comment.

mania said...

@ Sophia:

Here,I personally like spicy and fried kind of foods.

mania said...

@ birdy:
Thanks. I guess most Pakistanis try to avoid eating the eggplants.Reasons may be so many and in my case, the are almost tasteless.

mania said...

@ Nell Jean:

Thanks for visiting my blog and for the comment. We called this roasted eggplant dish as " bengan ka bhurta"
see this,

http://www.desicookbook.com/recipe.aspx?Recipe=5

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