Culturally, garden eggs are said to represent fertility and blessing. It is a type of eggplant and widely eaten food crop in Africa. Garden egg is said not to contain a huge amount of protein and other nutrients, but it is very rich in dietary fibre, copper and Vitamin B1 and potassium.
Also, garden eggs are a good source of vitamin B6, folate, magnesium, niacin and phytonutrients such as nasunin and chlorogenic acid. In Nigeria, garden eggs are usually at their best from July through October when they come to the market in droves and can either be enjoyed fresh alone or cooked into a sumptuous sauce which is eaten with boiled yam.
In terms of health benefits for pregnant women, garden egg is one of the greatest food. Here are few nutritional benefits of the eggplant.
It Promotes Weight Loss
Eating of eggplant especially the greenish type is highly recommended for weight loss diets because of its high fibre content. Fibre fills you up faster, causing you to eat less than you normally would. So, if you want to lose weight or those who wish to retain their normal body weight, you can add eggplant to your diet as well.
It Prevents Heart Diseases
The eggplant is rich in vitamin B1 which is essential for proper functioning of the heart and nervous system. Also, vitamin B6 aids another cellular respiration. Therefore, it rescues the risk of heart disease and stroke.
Garden Eggs Help During Pregnancy
It plays a key role during pregnancy because it is packed with minerals, vitamins and other nutritional properties. Pregnancy can lead to unhealthy cravings, habits and hormonal imbalances which can either affect the baby positively or negatively. Garden eggs are rich in folic acid which protects infants from neural tube defects that do occur.
Read Also: Health benefits of Eating Grapes
Lowers Blood Sugar Level
It is great for diabetic patients who constantly must monitor these level. Also, it contains elements that reduce glucose absorption to the body which reduces blood sugar level.
Improves Your Immune System
It contains antibacterial properties which can help fight diseases, therefore, strengthening the body’s immune system. When you blend it into a juice, it allows for better absorption of all these needed elements.
Promotes healthy Bone
They contain substantial amount of calcium and phosphorous which are essential for strengthening the bones and teeth. For muscles, it is high in potassium content which helps the muscles contract properly and actively regulates body fluids.
Among other benefits, garden eggs are small but mighty health wise. They are affordable and can be found in almost all the markets in region where they are grown.