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.


1. Low in Calories, High in Nutrients

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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