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Asparagus season is here! Asparagus is one of my favorite vegetables. I eat tons of it when it's in season. It's so simple to prepare and makes a quick, tasty side dish to just about anything. Or, you can mix it into scrambled eggs or a frittata. Heaven!

One interesting thing to note is that asparagus has a very high respiration rate, compared to other vegetables. The respiration rate is a metabolic activity that continues after a vegetable is picked. It's the breakdown of starches and sugars and this results in releasing carbon dioxide. The respiration rate of asparagus is five time higher than potatoes and onions, three times higher than tomatoes and lettuce, and twice as high as avocados and cauliflower. The key with asparagus is to eat it as fresh as you can. If you can get it at your farmers market, freshly picked, that's best. Take it home and prepare it right away, or at least within 48 hours.

Asparagus is very high in vitamins K, C, A and B, as well as folate. It has been shown to help regulate blood sugar and help with heart health due to the high levels of vitamin B.  Also, since it has a strong anti-inflammatory antioxidant nutrient composition, it has been shown to have anti-cancer benefits. I can't even begin to list all of the benefits of asparagus. It's truly one of those awesome, miracle veggies.

Source: The World's Healthiest Foods, “Asparagus


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