Arugula has its origin in the Mediterranean and Southern Europe. Ancient Romans are said to have been the first to grow arugula. They used the seeds to add flavor to olive oil. During the first century AD, arugula seeds are used as a key ingredient in aphrodisiac potion. It was during the colonial era that arugula was introduced to the United States by European explorers.
Arugula, sometimes called as garden rocket, is a nutritious vegetable of the Brassicaceae family. It is mostly cultivated in the temperate regions like northern Europe. Arugula is an herb and both flowers and leaves can be eaten. They are low growing annuals with the same feature as dandelion. The leaves are dark green and consist of a five tipped leaves that are either serrated or smooth with a scent of pine. The roots are fibrous and the stem is herbaceous while the flower smells like orange. The younger plants show a light green color with a sweet flavor and is less peppery in taste as compared to the mature greens which are strong and spicy.
This super food offers a variety of health benefits. It is filled with natural antioxidant vitamin that are very effective in fighting free radicals and immensely supporting the immune system. Like vitamin A that protects you from skin, lung and oral cavity cancer, it is also good for the eyes and teeth; vitamin k which promotes bone formation and strengthening. It improves brain function by limiting neuronal damages; and vitamin C which is a very powerful antioxidant that protects the body from scurvy, common cold and scavenge harmful free radicals.
It is also rich in essential minerals such as iron, calcium, phosphorus and manganese that gives out their own unique health benefits. As compared with other leafy greens, arugula gives out a very low level of oxalate making it a healthier choice for high calcium foods. Arugula is also very low in calorie, with only 25 counts for every 100g of fresh leaves.
As for its side effects, Individuals who are allergic to arugula are to avoid eating this food. It may cause throat irritation, facial and tongue swelling, sore lips or skin rashes. Severe cases may cause dyspnea, which could be fatal if untreated. Arugula should also be avoided by persons with kidney stones.
Do you know that people who eats arugula regularly are found to have more sexual drive and energy?
Arugula salad + Mozzarella + Sundried Tomatoes = Happy eating!
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