Asparagus is infamous for adding a distinct odor to urine, but it has a lot more to offer. The stalky veggie comes in several varieties that offer a range of flavors. Fans of asparagus eat it raw, steamed, and grilled or add it to everything from soups and salads to pasta and frittatas. Asparagus provides a surprising number of health benefits and, if you don't already eat it often, you might consider incorporating it into your diet.
One of the reasons asparagus is such a healthy vegetable is that it contains several vitamins and other nutrients while delivering a minimal number of calories. Asparagus is one of the best foods available for meeting the recommended daily intake (RDI) of vitamin K and folate, providing 57% and 34%, respectively. A half-cup of plain, cooked asparagus contains between 20 and 40 calories, 2.2 grams of protein, and 1.8 grams of fiber. It also provides 6% of the RDI of potassium, 5% of phosphorus, 18% of vitamin A, 12% of vitamin C, 7% of vitamin E.
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