All About Arugula
According to LiveStrong, arugula has been named one of the most nutrient-dense foods that YOU can eat! Arugula has vastly more calcium, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, and iron as iceberg lettuce. Other vitamins and minerals that arugula contains in large amounts include folate, potassium, manganese, beta-carotene, along with various other phytochemicals and antioxidants. Overall, arugula might have more health benefits than various types of lettuce and other vegetables.
All of the nutrients provided by arugula can help the body much more than you may have ever expected. Livestrong states that arugula can help with weight management, lowering blood pressure, improving eye sight (especially at night), and reducing the risk of both cardiovascular disease and cancer. It can also reduce the risk of muscular degeneration of the eye muscles and inflammation throughout the entire body. Interestingly, the folate in arugula can help pregnant women to reduce the risk of having babies with birth defects. Heal With Foods also adds that arugula can boost male fertility and act as an aphrodisiac. It has even been shown that arugula can help to prevent osteoporosis, improve diabetes, and improve athletic performance by reducing that amount of oxygen needed during exercise. Organic Facts also believes that it can strengthen bones, improve skin quality, strengthen brain functions, and boost the immune system.
Arugula in Your Diet
Adding arugula into your diet might not be as hard as you may think. If you plan on cooking or preparing it yourself, it is recommended that the greens are used within a couple of days from when they are purchased. Any wilting, bruised or yellow leaves should be removed. All green, healthy leaves should be put in a bowl of cool water for a few minutes to remove any dirt. Once they are drained and dried with a towel, they can be cooked in many ways, including being steamed or sautéed, or used fresh to create a salad. If you cook it, arugula is great with eggs, pasta or potatoes. If you choose to leave it raw, it is great in a smoothie or as a salad base.
Two of our salads here at STONEFIRE Grill use arugula as the base. Come on in to try out arugula in our Roasted Corn & Arugula Salad, Seared Ahi + Arugula or The A.B.G. Salad! Feel free to substitute arugula in any of YOUR favorite salads.