My personal obsession.
I absolutely love eggplant — the color and flavor of this nutrient-dense vegetable is so versatile thanks to its thick texture and absorbent flesh. Fun fact: did you know that they are related to the tomato and potato?
I first made these about ten years ago and in the past few months began to recreate it once again. These rollatinis are perfect as an appetizer, accompaniment to an Italian dinner, or as a main dish with some greens. They taste amazing hot out of the oven, or late night fresh out of the fridge with a fork when no one is looking.
Here are five health benefits of eggplant:
1. HEART HEALTH
Eggplants contain fiber, potassium, vitamin C and B6. These are all known to help lower the risk of mortality from heart disease. Eggplant also contains vitamin K which is necessary for blood clotting and helps prevent calcification of the arteries which prevents dangerous plaque deposits which may cause blockages.
2. LOWER BLOOD PRESSURE
Eggplants contain a red-blue flavonoid plant pigment called anthocyanin which has been found to help with dropping blood pressure significantly. Lower blood pressure is known to lower the risk of stroke, heart attacks and blood clots. Eggplant also contains vitamin E which is good for treating and preventing chest pain, blocked or hardened arteries and high blood pressure.
3. PREVENT SOME CANCERS
Research has shown that eggplants contain polyphenols which are known for their anti-cancer properties. Eggplants have anthocyanins and chlorogenic acid which are antioxidants. They fight inflammation and oxidative stress related damage found in the body. Studies have found that they can prevent tumor growth and help stop the invasion and spreading of cancer cells. Eggplant contains vitamin A which may be beneficial in the treatment of cancers such as lung, breast, bladder, oral and skin cancer.
4. HELP WITH ANEMIA
Eggplants have been studied for their ability in helping those who have iron deficiencies. Eggplant has many essential minerals including iron and copper. These minerals assist in improving the health of red blood cells within the bloodstream. Studies have shown that consuming eggplant if you are anemic can help boost energy, strength and eradicate feelings of exhaustion and worry.
Eggplants contain a lot of fiber and are low in soluble carbohydrates. Nutritionists suggest adding eggplant to your diet if you have type 2 diabetes. One recent study found that a more eggplant based diet can help manage or prevent type 2 diabetes. More research is needed to back up these figures. Eggplants contain high amounts of alpha-glucosidase and angiotensin compounds that can control glucose absorption. Plus, eggplants have phenols which help insulin break down carbohydrates slowly which aids in controlling blood sugar levels.