roasted asparagus

by Dani on July 10, 2013

Fact: Asparagus contains mercaptan, a sulphurous compound when broken down by the digestive system creates by-products that cause urine to smell funny. It is your genetic makeup that determines whether you can smell this funky smell or not. Only some people appear to have the gene for the enzyme that breaks down mercaptan into its more pungent parts.1

Asparagus has many health benefits, including:

1. A rich source of glutathione, a detoxifying compound that helps break down carcinogens and other harmful compounds like free radicals.2

2. Contains Vitamin K, excellent for healthy blood clotting and strengthening bones.

3. Has a significant amount of the nutrient inulin, a “prebiotic.” Inulin passes undigested all the way to the large intestine and becomes an ideal food source for certain types of bacteria (like Bifidobacteria and Lactobacilli) that are associated with better nutrient absorption, lower risk of allergy, and lower risk of colon cancer.3

roasted asparagus

Roasted Asparagus

1 bunch asparagus
1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves of garlic, minced
Himalayan salt, pinch
Black pepper
Juice of 1/2 a lemon

Preheat oven to 375F. Rinse clean the asparagus. Break the tough ends off of the asparagus and discard. Lay the asparagus spears out in a layer in a baking dish or a foil-covered roasting pan. Drizzle extra virgin olive oil over the spears and roll the asparagus back and forth until they are all covered with a thin layer of oil. Sprinkle with minced garlic, salt, and pepper. Place pan in oven and cook for approximately 8-10 minutes. Drizzle with a little fresh lemon juice before serving.

References
1. Guardian.co.uk
2. Forberg, Cheryl. 5 Powerful health benefits of asparagus you probably didn’t know. Eating Well. 11 Apr 2011. <http://www.eatingwell.com/blogs/health_blog/5_powerful_health_benefits_of_asparagus_you_probably_didn_t_know>
3. Asparagus. The World’s Healthiest Foods. <http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=12>

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