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Simple Garlicky Asparagus Spears // deliciousobsessions.com

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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About Jessica Espinoza

Jessica is a real food wellness educator and the founder of the Delicious Obsessions website. She has had a life-long passion for food and being in the kitchen is where she is the happiest. She began helping her mother cook and bake around the age of three and she's been in the kitchen ever since, including working in a restaurant in her hometown for almost a decade, where she worked every position before finally becoming the lead chef. Jessica started Delicious Obsessions in 2010 as a way to help share her love for food and cooking. Since then, it has grown into a trusted online resource with a vibrant community of people learning to live healthy, happy lives through real food and natural living.

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