I love artichoke! I usually enjoy eating it on its own, or with a simple dipping sauce ( olive oil, garlic and lemon sauce)! while I keep the heart, (which  is tasty as well) for soups or  salads!

Artichokes like many other vegetables are rich in antioxidants, which prevent cancer diseases in general, but leukemia and breast  cancer specifically.

Artichokes are also known to raise good cholesterol (HDL) and lower bad cholesterol (LDL).

But besides being rich in antioxidants, artichokes offer 3 unique benefits which I’d like to focus on!! :)

1- Treatment for liver diseases:

Dueto cynarin (antioxidant in the pulp of artichoke)  and another antioxidant, silymarin, artichokes  have always been used as a treatment for liver diseases!

Studies have found they may even regenerate liver tissue.

Hangover Treatment!

  Thanks to their positive effects on the liver, many people believe in artichokes as a hangover treatment!

High in Fiber!

One large artichoke contains a quarter of the recommended daily intake of fiber (25 grams /day). A medium artichoke has more fiber than a cup of prunes!

1 whole cooked artichoke (medium size) has almost:

65 calories and 0.1 grams of fat.

1 cooked artichoke heart has almost:

19 calories, 0.1 grams of fat.

Artichoke is one of the healthiest foods! Include it in your diet!! :D