To those of you that don't yet know me, I'm insatiably curious and I enthusiastically spend hours researching wellness, it brings me joy. Today my thrill came from incorporating Jerusalem Artichoke into a meal. It's a prebiotic for you probiotics, ya heard?!!
Top Benefits of the Jerusalem Artichoke
- Contains Inulin, a type of carbohydrate called an oligosaccharide, which means its chemical composition consists of several simple sugars linked together to form what’s known as a fructan. This composition makes inulin a non-digestible prebiotic, which allows it to pass through humans’ small and large intestines unabsorbed. During this process, inulin naturally ferments and feeds the healthy intestinal microflora (bacterial organisms, including bifidobacterium) that populate the gut.
- Fibrous. A one cup serving contains 2.5g of fiber, and may help lower your risk for high cholesterol, constipation, heart disease and certain types of cancer.
- Eating a cup of sliced sunchokes provides you with 11 percent of the DV for copper, 12 percent of the DV for phosphorus, 18 percent of the DV for potassium and 28 percent of the DV for iron. You need copper and iron for forming red blood cells that carry oxygen in your body to where it's needed, and potassium plays a role in forming proteins. Phosphorus helps form strong bones and DNA.
- Each serving of Jerusalem artichokes has 10 percent of the daily value for vitamin C and niacin, and 30 percent for thiamine. Niacin and thiamine are B vitamins that help keep your hair, skin and eyes healthy C acts as an antioxidant and limits the damage to cells that free radicals cause. Higher intakes of vitamin C may help lower your heart disease and stroke risk.
When you go to find Jerusalem Artichoke in the store, it will be next to, as well as look like ginger. I slivered it and then roasted it with ghee, chopped garlic & onion, himalayan salt, turmeric, cracked pepper and onion powder. It roasted on a single pan with asparagus, tomatoes, zucchini, garlic cloves, shiitakes, and a salmon flank. Bomb.com - ONE PAN.
The purpose of food is to fuel and nourish our bodies so that they can FUNCTION, keep this in mind as you make choices, and if you'd like to meet to find the perfect list of Functional Foods for your particular needs, that happens to me my forte.