Food of the Week: Artichoke

Interesting Facts about Artichokes

basket of green artichokes

  • Artichokes have no fat, of any kind.

  • Artichoke extracts have been known to help reduce the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

  • One medium artichoke has about as much Potassium as a small Banana. Potassium is crucial to maintaining normal heart rhythm and muscle function.

  • Artichokes are high in antioxidants which are good for your heart and also in preventing some forms of cancer.

  • Some of the antioxidants in artichokes can help keep liver tissue healthy.

  • One medium sized artichoke has more fiber than one cup of prunes; fiber can help reduce bloating after a meal.

  • The artichoke is actually the bud of the thistle plant that it comes from.

FUN FACT: Artichokes are one of the oldest foods and in ancient times it was thought that eating them increased the likelihood of having boys.

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