Endives: benefits and properties

The endives they are some vegetables that belong to the family of the Compositae, specifically to the family of the AsterĂ¡ceas, in which we find ourselves with more than 20,000 species and 1,000 different genera, although originally they are very few those that are cultivated and therefore they finally reach our table.

Its origin is supposedly Mediterranean, although it is currently grown in most temperate countries around the world. And regarding the best time when we can find them in the market, although they are available all year round, we must emphasize especially the months of autumn to summer, not only including the months of July and August.

They are easily distinguishable because they have a cylindrical and pointed shape, with whitish tones that tend to be more yellowish at the tip of the leaves.

Thanks to its refreshing flavor, its high content in water and low contribution in fat and calories, are very interesting during the hottest months of the year, especially in salads.

Nutritional properties of endives

As indicated briefly in the previous section, endives are noted for their low caloric content and therefore fat, so they are ideal in varied and balanced diets and those that pursue the goal of losing weight.

Regarding the different essential nutrients that we can find in its composition, include vitamins such as provitamin A, vitamin C and E, as well as folates. It also provides minerals, such as calcium, potassium, phosphorus, iodine and magnesium.

They also have an interesting amount in soluble fiber, carbohydrates and something less in proteins.

Benefits of endives

The endives are low in fat and calories, so that their consumption is recommended in weight control diets, and ultimately for any balanced diet, healthy and healthy.

They have a very high content of vitamins and minerals. Among the vitamins we should highlight the vitamin E, an essential nutrient in a certain sense very unusual in vegetables of this type, which has an antioxidant action and also intervenes positively in fertility. It also provides provitamin A (essential for sight), vitamin C (helps strengthen the immune system and intervenes in the formation of bones, teeth, collagen and red blood cells) and folates (aids in the formation of antibodies of the immune system).

Regarding the minerals it contains, potassium is essential for the transmission and generation of the nervous impulse, phosphorus is important in the formation of bones and teeth (in addition to participating in the obtaining of energy), and iodine (helps the good functioning of the thyroid gland).

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