What to Eat Wednesday
April 8, 2015
This leafy green, also known as "rocket," is a nutritional powerhouse. Not only is it low in calories (about 20 per two cups), arugula is great for your eyes. It's chock-full of Vitamin A and antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin, all of which have been shown to promote and protect eye health.
Arugula is a good source of calcium and does contain some iron, making it a good choice for vegans and vegetarians. Additionally, arugula is quite low in oxalates, a compound that binds both calcium and iron during digestion, impairing the body's ability to utilize these nutrients.
It doesn't end there — this super food is also an excellent source (defined as greater than 20% of the daily value) of Vitamin K, Vitamin C and folate, and a good source (greater than 10% of the daily value) of manganese and magnesium. Many of these nutrients are involved in blood and bone health.
In case you still need a reason to enjoy this nutrition great this week, it's also delicious!
BACK TO NEWS