When selecting asparagus, choose stalks where the bud is tightly closed.
One of the virtues of asparagus is that it can be prepared quickly, providing a delicious and easy addition to a meal.
Carbohydrate and Fiber Counts for Asparagus
- ½ cup chopped asparagus (about 2.5 oz): 1 gram effective (net) carbohydrate plus 1.5 gram fiber and and 13 calories
- 1 medium asparagus spear (5¼" to 7" long): .3 grams effective (net) carbohydrate plus .3 grams fiber and 3 calories
- 4 oz asparagus (¼ lb.): 2 grams effective (net) carbohydrate plus 2.5 grams fiber and 22 calories
Glycemic Index for AsparagusAs with most non-starchy vegetables, there is no scientific study of the glycemic index of asparagus.
Estimated Glycemic Load of Asparagus
- ½ cup chopped (about 5 oz): 1
1 medium asparagus spear (5¼" to 7" long): 0
4 oz asparagus (¼ lb.): 2
Health Benefits of AsparagusAsparagus is an excellent source of vitamin K, a very good source of vitamin A, folate, thiamin, and iron, and a good source of viamin C. Asparagus is a good source of many phytonutrients, including antioxidants which may help protect our cells from damage. It is also a source of inulin, which supports healthy bacteria in our guts. Asparagus is also said to be a natural diuretic due to a combination of minerals and an amino acid called asparagine.
Low-Carb Asparagus Recipe
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