Foodie Tuesday: Chinese greens


   It is unfortunate that the popular foods of today are loaded with artificial and abnormally high additions of sugar and salt, so here is a recipe that is brimming with natural goodness. The special ingredient? Bok choy. ImageBok choy is known as a cruciferous vegetable, and is related to vegetables such as cauliflower, cabbage and broccoli. Studies following consumers of cruciferous vegetables in Shanghai, China have shown that those eating more vegetables were more likely to live during the 5-year time period of the study. One prime feature that may relate to this incredible life-lengthening effect is that cruciferous vegetables contain an isothiocyanate that is a powerful antioxidant, called sulforaphane. Sulforaphane is particularly incredible because it’s able to lower inflammation in the cardiovascular system, as well as oxidative stress.Image

   To encourage consumption of this wonderful vegetable, here is a great recipe that incorporates these Chinese greens. The recipe is for Sesame-Shiitake Bok Choy, in which bok choy, mushroom and sesame oil are combined to make a delicious stir-fry. The total amount of folate in the cooked bok choy in the recipe is 389 mcg, which is about 97% RDA, so this is a wonderful source of this nutrient. I encourage you try out this recipe today!

Check out the article about the study here

Sharonya

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