They are a concentrate of beneficial substances for the line. This is why they are the perfect vegetable for those on a diet or who need to stay away from weight gain
THE artichokes they are one of the most popular vegetables in Mediterranean diet not just for their taste. While not a quick and easy food to prepare, they are super versatile in the kitchen. They can be consumed in a thousand ways. They are excellent both raw seasoned with lemon juice, rich in vitamin C which favors the assimilation of iron, and preferably steamed so as not to alter their properties. From a nutritional point of view, the particularly bitter leaves are an extraordinary reserve of vitamins, minerals such as magnesium and potassium and other substances that have a positive effect on the line in various respects. With the help of Valentina Schirò, a nutrition biologist specializing in food science, let's see what benefits artichokes have and why it is convenient to bring them to the table to get back in shape and say goodbye to extra pounds.
They give satiety and fight nervous hunger
"Artichokes are particularly rich in fiber which are able to slow down the assimilation of fats and sugars in the blood, counteracting the excessive secretion of insulin, a hormone that promotes overweight and many other disorders", explains nutritionist Valentina Schirò. "The leaves of this vegetable are also rich in inulin which thanks to its prebiotic action promotes the health of the intestine, which in turn is involved in the synthesis of serotonin, an important neurotransmitter for regulating mood and appetite".
They deflate and promote metabolism
Artichokes are rich in vitamin C and anthocyanins. “These antioxidants have anti-inflammatory properties. They facilitate microcirculation, stimulate fluid drainage and tissue oxygenation, counteracting poor circulation, swelling and orange peel skin ". The artichoke is also a good source of B vitamins. "It has a good content of vitamins B2, B3, B5, B6 and B9, which are involved in the proper functioning of the metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins and fats, essential for obtaining energy and burn calories".
«Artichokes are rich in phenolic compounds, in particular polyphenols, which are super allies in the proper functioning of the liver. They are an extraordinary source of cynarin, an antioxidant that is able to stimulate the secretion of bile, facilitate the digestion of fats contained in foods and favor the removal of waste substances accumulated due to excess food in the liver ", says the nutritionist Valentina Schirò. Artichokes are also super for the proper functioning of the intestine. "Thanks to the richness of fibers with a laxative action, they facilitate motility and promote intestinal regularity, essential for keeping fit and healthy".