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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Jerusalem Artichoke Nutrition Facts - Also Known As Sunchoke, Kiku Imo, (Helianthus tuberosus)

Aloha Everyone,

The Jerusalem artichoke* (also known as Sunchoke, Kiku Imo, and Helianthus tuberosus) has many health benefits:

·         High in Iron - 100 g of fresh Jerusalem artichoke contains 3.4 mg or 42.5% of iron
·         Moderately high in calories; provides about 73 calories per 100 grams
·         Almost no fat
·         Zero cholesterol
·         Rich in the carbohydrate inulin (76%)
·         650 mg potassium per 1 cup (150g) serving
·         High-quality phyto-nutrition  comprises of dietary fiber (non-starch carbohydrates)
·         Antioxidants
·         Contain10-12% of the US RDA of fiber, niacin, thiamine, phosphorus and copper
·         Contains about 10% protein
·         Contains no oil and lack of starch
·         Contains small but some of valuable B-complex group of vitamins

Health benefits of Jerusalem artichoke

·         Helps the digestive tract
·         Excellent source of potassium
·         Offer protection from cancer, inflammation and viral cough and cold
·         Promotes hair health
·         Helps with combating fatigue
·         Helps with combating heart disease
·         Makes you happy, combats mood swing
·         Helps with insulin resistance and improves diabetes control
·         Helps reduce risk of heart disease and stroke
·         Helps with weight loss
·         Brandy made of Jerusalem artichoke is used as a remedy for diarrhea or abdominal pain.

Source: USDA Nutrient Database

Cathi’s note:  If you are eating this raw, diced and stir fly with other vegetables. It’s also great for soup. Enjoy!

Namaste -- Cathi

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