An herbaceous perennial, rhubarb has been enjoyed for its culinary and medicinal properties for thousands of years. In the United States, rhubarb is a fruit, but in much of the world, it’s regarded as a vegetable. Regardless of what you call it, it’s a delicious additive to lots of dishes ranging from pie to cake. Its stalks are the part most commonly enjoyed, particularly in the West. Many people have the mistaken notion that rhubarb is poisonous, but actually, only the leaves are toxic as their high oxalic acid content can cause illness.
Rhubarb is good for your heart because it has dietary fiber that can increase levels of good cholesterol. Good cholesterol, known as HDL cholesterol, is important to cardiovascular health because it can quite literally remove excess bad LDL cholesterol from the walls of arteries and blood vessels. Too much LDL cholesterol is associated with blockages and increased risk for heart disease. By enjoying a heart-healthy diet, you can reduce your risk for the development of heart disease.
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