Learn about the benefits of eating asparagus every day, as well as potential side effects
Asparagus is a nutritious and delicious vegetable that can be eaten every day. Low in calories and packed with essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, it’s great to include in a fiber-rich diet to keep your digestive system healthy.
However, eating asparagus can also have some side effects:
- Because of its high fiber content, asparagus can cause flatulence, stomach cramps, and gastric upset in some people.
- Asparagus contains asparagusic acid that may break down to sulfurous compounds and lend a funny smell to your urine.
- If you take lithium, asparagus may interact with the drug in your body and increase its retention, causing adverse effects.
- If you are allergic to asparagus you may experience skin rash, watery eyes, and breathing difficulties.
What is the nutritional value of asparagus?
Asparagus is 93% water and low in sodium, as well as a good source of:
- Vitamin B6
- Dietary fiber
- Vitamin C, E, A and K
- Folic acid
- Chromium (trace mineral that regulates the ability of insulin to transport glucose from the bloodstream into cells)
Aspartic acid (an amino acid) gets its name from asparagus because the asparagus plant is relatively rich in this compound.
Medically Reviewed on 7/7/2021
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