Asparagus For Weight Loss – Diet Food Tips

Asparagus For Weight Loss - Diet Food Tips

If you are looking to lose weight, asparagus is one of the most useful foods you can add to your diet.

This often overlooked vegetable is packed with nutrients and has a number of health-enhancing properties and digestive benefits.

Not only does asparagus regulate your blood sugar, it also acts as a natural appetite suppressant, prevents bloating, and improves brain function.

Let’s take a closer look at the benefits of asparagus for weight loss…

Eating a little asparagus every day can help your body become a fat-burning furnace. B vitamins help to control your blood sugar, which in turn, helps you to lose weight by preventing sugar spikes and crashes.

Maintaining a consistent blood sugar level helps your body to burn calories more efficiently.

Asparagus is full of these blood regulating B vitamins which allow you to burn the food you consume at an optimum level.

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Feel Full

Because it also contains large amounts of soluble fiber, asparagus can help you to feel fuller for longer, which prevents unnecessary snacking.

In fact, eating just a small serving of asparagus (6 ounces or less) can make you feel fuller more quickly and prevent you from overeating, in general.

Digestion & Water Weight

Additionally, the high fiber content of asparagus encourages healthy digestion by keeping the digestive tract active and encouraging probiotic activity.

This constant movement in your system keeps food from just hanging out in your body, causing bloating.

Also, the vitamin K content in asparagus acts as a organic diuretic, which helps to eliminate excess water weight that can often develop from eating a diet high in salt.

Folic Acid Content

Asparagus is particularly helpful for a women’s diet. It’s high in the antioxidant folic acid, which helps to encourage healthy pregnancies as well as in aiding in the body’s conversion of food into glucose for energy.

Asparagus is also high in the antioxidant vitamin C, which helps to neutralize damaging influences on the body from toxins.

Also, the amounts of B12 found in asparagus have been found to work with folic acid to prevent cognitive impairment and encourage healthy brain function.

A study from Tufts University found that adults with high amounts of folic acid and B12 improved their mental agility. An active and healthy mind goes hand in hand with a healthy body.

Purchasing Asparagus

Though many people frequently avoid buying asparagus to make at home because it can be expensive, if it is purchased in season, it’s very affordable.

For example, you should be keeping an eye out for asparagus at the beginning of spring. Signs of good asparagus are a vibrant green color with smooth, firm and round stalks.

You also want to keep an eye out for compact tips, which are pointed and have a bit of a purple tinge to them.

Avoid pale and flat asparagus.

Also, as some nutritionists have argued, because asparagus is so packed with nutrients, it’s worth any added cost.

Asparagus is one of the most beneficial foods you can add to your diet. It helps you to feel full with minimal calories while adding nutrients and antioxidants to your body and enhancing digestive function.

It is the ideal food to incorporate into your diet if you want to lose weight and improve your health.

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12 thoughts on “Asparagus For Weight Loss – Diet Food Tips

  1. I never realised that asparagus regulates your blood sugar and suppresses appetite. Do you know how it achieves that? Is it just due to the vitamin B content, or is there some other reason too? Do you think it could be useful for people who have diabetes?

    Also, what is the best way to cook asparagus?

    1. Well my partner (who is a massive salad-head!) likes to steam it and I can’t really argue Marcus – it tastes bloody lovely!

      I’m not 100% sure on the diabetes angle so I’d rather not comment there – misinformation in health is a dangerous thing! 🙂

  2. Great website and concept I love the graphics at the top as well. I am not looking to lose weight, but I regularly have asparagus in my diet. I never really looked into all the benefits it had for your body. I am going to mention this to my mom as well she will extremely benefit from this knowledge.

    I run a fitness blog, personal coaching site, and twitter page, we should chloroborate on a few things get back to me! Gymbulk Fitness

  3. Thanks for the good info here. I don’t really like asparagus but I eat it regularly as I’m aware of its benefits. I think you’ve mentioned all the positive things from asparagus: fiber, vitamins, probiotic activity and etc. I work out regularly so its antioxidant properties are a big thing for me. Thanks, and i look forward to additional info.

  4. Wow! I never knew asparagus was so good for you. I do eat it regularly, although not daily I admit but it seems like one of those foods that would be very beneficial to be included in your daily intake.
    I usually enjoy it steamed as a lovely way to freshen up a dish.
    Thanks for the info.
    Kris

    1. Hi Kris,

      No I don’t eat it as often as I should but that’s usually down to the price – nice, fresh asparagus always seems to be overpriced in the UK supermarkets (and it’s very annoying!)

  5. I willhave to incorporate some asparagus into my diet to help me lose weight. What are your thoughts on frozen asparagus? I have heard that buying frozen can almost be better than buying fresh veggies because it seals in the nutrients and flavor. Is this true for asparagus or should I just buy fresh.

    1. I’m pretty much on the fence with frozen veg Tom. Many cooks believe them to be second class but I can’t really see that – some people can’t afford to buy fresh veggies on a weekly basis. Overall I see no real problem with it!

  6. Wow I had no idea about the health benefits of asparagus. It is a must in the diet even though it makes your pee stink.

    How expensive does it usually get?
    And should I eat the whole vegetable or cut some parts of it off?

    Also, Chris I love the name of this site! Thanks for providing a multitude of teaching mediums like videos.

    1. Hi Drew,

      Well I’m based in the UK and it doesn’t really cost more than £1 for a small portion over here – not expensive at all mate! Also, asparagus is usually sold cut and trimmed so you don’t have to worry about what part of the plant you are eating.

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