Why You Should Be Eating More Arugula
Also known as Salad Rocket, which is a fitting name for this zippy leafy green, Arugula is a delicious early summer vegetable from the brassicaceae family. Like others in this vegetable family (such as kale, cabbage, cauliflower and mustard greens), Arugula has no shortage of healing qualities. However, there’s more to this zippy herb than you might expect.
Arugula has a unique and surprising effect that you might not expect from the leafy greens family, but first let’s cover the basics.
- With very few calories and tons of flavor it is a great green to help maintain a healthy weight without sacrificing great tasting foods!
- Arugula is a rich source of certain phytochemicals that have been shown to combat cancer-causing elements in the body. Arugula is also a great source of folic acid and Vitamins A, C and K. As one of the best vegetable sources of Vitamin K, arugula provides a boost for bone and brain health.
- Arugula has an array of minerals and high levels of Iron and Copper, making it a good substitute for spinach if you’re paying attention to getting more vegetable based iron in your diet.
- Its peppery flavor provides a natural cooling effect on the body – a good food for hot weather picnics!
- Like other leafy greens, arugula is also a hydrating food, helping keep your body hydrated in the heat of summer.
Now, for the less expected:
Arugula makes you sexy!
Centuries ago Romans discovered an unlikely quality of this leafy green. Finding that those who ate it on a regular basis were more sexually energized, it became revered as a powerful aphrodisiac. It has since been used as a sensual enhancer throughout many regions of the world, and often combined with other aphrodisiac herbs like lavender and chicory to create a somewhat of a love potion.
Arugula’s aphrodisiac qualities may stem from its stimulating effects on the body, providing power and energy that vitalizes the system.
No matter what your reasoning for eating it, Arugula is a fantastic food to add to the diet this time of year while it’s young, tender and locally in season. Like spinach it is a versatile green too.
Don’t limit yourself to salads, try adding arugula to pastas, grains, sandwiches, wraps and soups, or blend it into a delicious spicy pesto! What are you making with your arugula?
Watch our video on how to make this delicious Arugula and Goat Cheese Stuffed Chicken with Balsamic-Orange Reduction recipe.