Artichoke nutrition facts. For the longest time, I had never even eaten an artichoke. They're not always as easily available as some, more common vegetables, like tomatoes and broccoli. For that reason, I think that it can be worthwhile to go out of your way to eat some artichokes now and then. After all, the greater the variety of vegetables and fruits in your diet, the wider the range of nutrients you take into your body.
And boy, do artichokes have a variety of nutrients! Here's a quick overview:
Like most plant foods, artichoke is pretty low in calories. A big one might set you back 60 calories (3% of a 2,000 calorie diet). It's high in fiber, supplying about a quarter (25%) of the recommended daily amount. This high fiber content has been linked with a lowering of LDL, "bad" cholesterol.
Artichokes contain a good amount of folic acid (a cofactor for DNA enzymes), adequate levels of which can be good for developing infants. They also contain B vitamins, including pantothenic acid, pyridoxine, thiamin, and niacin; vitamin C, an antioxidant; and vitamin K, which is good for your bones and might help protect against dementia of the Alzheimer type.
Minerals found in artichokes include calcium (linked to bone health), copper and iron (necessary for producing red blood cells) , manganese (an antioxidant), phosphorous, and potassium (which might be good for your blood pressure).
In addition to all that stuff, artichokes are one of the most antioxidant-rich foods out there. They contain the phytonutrients cynarin, silymarin, caffeic acid, and ferulic acid, and the flavonoids beta-carotene, zeaxanthin, and lutein. These antioxidants will scavenge the harmful free radicals in your body, which is really important, because our modern diets tend to create lots of free radicals. Some of these antioxidants can also help lower your cholesterol by increasing how much of it your body excretes and limiting how much of it you synthesize. And some of these antioxidants might even help with liver problems and even—get this—hangovers!
That kind of threw me for a loop at first. Hangovers? But when you think about it, it makes sense. I mean, a hangover is a sign that your body is dehydrated, in alcohol withdrawal, and lacking certain nutrients (especially B vitamins). Of course it makes sense that eating some healthy foods like artichokes will help make you feel better, faster.
Artichoke nutrition is best if your artichoke is fresh. Try to get fresh if you can, but if not, make sure to refrigerate your artichokes so they'll stay good. You can also try brewing a little artichoke tea; it's a common drink in Vietnam.
Thanks for reading these artichoke nutrition facts. Lastly, if you're interested in learning more about the nutrition facts about some other uncommon vegetables, click here to read about celery, dates, papaya, and beets!