Eggplant is one of the vegetables you shouldn’t eat raw and it has the highest amount of nicotine among edible plants. Thanks to phenolic compounds, it is great for bone health and increases bone density. As such, it is used to prevent osteoporosis. Fiber content in eggplant is quite high which makes a great choice for keeping your sugar levels low. It regulates cholesterol levels and keeps your brain healthy due to many phytonutrients. Eggplant is especially rich in antioxidants, which give it its purple color.


Tomato is an essential part of Mediterranean cuisine. It is rich in vitamins A, C and K and loaded with lycopene, an antioxidant good for the heart and fighting some cancers, especially prostate one. When cooked, tomato releases more lycopene and therefore is more effective for fighting cancer when consumed in this form. It is good for diabetes management and digestion due to its fiber content. Since it helps burn fat, it is on everyday food list for those trying to lose weight and is very low in calories. Oh, and don’t forget that it pairs well with vodka. Bloody Mary anyone?


Who said that Capricciosa on Friday night can’t be good for you? This looker among vegetables originates from Mediterranean and dates back to ancient Roman times. Artichokes are one of the oldest consumed foods, considered a medicinal plant as well as aphrodisiac. Artichokes belong to vegetables with highest protein intake. They are packed with fibers, improve digestion and lower blood sugar and cholesterol levels. They are especially rich in fiber called inulin which is beneficial to preventing constipation and overall gut health. Artichokes boost immune system and they are great for heart and liver health.

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