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tells us that there are many foods that can help counteract the effects of a toxic lifestyle. Whether you want to lose weight, feel more energized, improve your complexion or boost your mood, check out these top 10 foods to help detox your body.
If you have recently been overindulging in fatty foods and alcohol, adding some steamed globe artichoke leaves to your meals is a great way to help get your body back on track. Globe artichokes are packed with antioxidants and fibre and can also help the body digest fatty foods.
On top of this, globe artichoke is renowned for its ability to stimulate and improve the functions of the liver - the body's main toxin-fighting tool.
tells us that
- Globe artichokes are the large, unopened flower bud of a plant belonging to the thistle family. The many leaf-like parts making up the bud are called scales. Peak season is in April and May.
- Artichoke Hearts are baby artichokes with tender leaves that are picked before the prickly inner 'choke' has developed.
- The fleshy base or heart is edible after the hairy central 'choke' is removed. The bases of the leaves are also edible.
- Artichoke Bottoms are the insides of artichokes with all the leaves & choke removed, leaving just the meaty concave base.
- Two compounds in artichokes, cynarin and chlorogenic acid, stimulate the sweetness receptors and make everything taste sweeter for a short period of time. Only some people (about 40-60%) experience this and sensitivity to these compounds is most likely genetically determined. The effect usually goes away after drinking some water, milk, wine, etc. (which will taste sweet).
- The artichoke was first developed in Sicily and was known to both the Greeks and the Romans. In 77 AD the Roman naturalist Pliny called the choke one of earth's monstrosities, but many continued to eat them. Historical accounts show that wealthy Romans enjoyed artichokes prepared in honey and vinegar, seasoned with cumin, so that this treat would be available year round.
- It was not until the early twentieth century that artichokes were grown in the United States. All artichokes commercially grown in the United States are grown in California.
- In the U.S., Artichokes were first grown in Louisiana, brought there by settlers in the 19th century.
- Castroville, California is known as the Artichoke Capital of the World. It is where Norma Jean (Marilyn Monroe) was crowned the first Artichoke Queen in 1947.
- Cynar is an artichoke flavored aperitif made in Italy.
Salad with Artichokes
Makes 4 to 6 servings
4 cups mixed salad greens
1/2 cup red onion, sliced
1 (14 ounce) can artichoke hearts in water, drained
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon seasoned salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1. In a large bowl, combine the mixed greens, onion, and artichoke hearts.
2. In a medium-size mixing bowl, whisk together the oil, vinegar, seasoned salt, pepper, and garlic.
3. Pour enough dressing over salad to coat, and toss well. Sprinkle with grated cheese, and serve.
Nutritional info for 1/5 recipe:
Calories - 274
(Calories from Fat - 207)
Total Fat - 23g
Saturated Fat - 3.4g
Cholesterol - 3 mg
Sodium - 719mg
Potassium - 195mg
Total Carbohydrates - 14.3g
Dietary Fibre - 4.1g
Sugars - 1.1g
Protein - 4.9g
Vitamin A - 31%
Vitamin C - 31%
Calcium - 9%
Iron - 9%
Thiamin - less than 1%
Niacin - 6%
Vitamin B6 - 4%
Magnesium - 5%
Folate - 30%