Endivia: properties and benefits

endive properties The raw endive It is a vegetable certainly perfect for the preparation of delicious salads, thanks above all to its slight resemblance to the lettuce . In fact, as with lettuce, endive leaves tend to discolor easily, so it is best to paint them with a little lemon juice.

Its flavor stands out for being a truly bitter taste, hence when it is prepared in salads the most recommended is to accompany it with other foods something sweeter, like fruit.

With its root, for example, a beneficial decoction can be elaborated, which even when it has been previously dried and roasted can become an excellent substitute for coffee (as is the case with chicory ).

If you love endive, as if you want to start adding it to your dishes, know the properties of the endive It is interesting from a nutritional point of view, because it is a highly beneficial vegetable for our health and recommended in our diet.

Benefits of envy

As with the white lettuce buds, the endive It becomes an ideal food to include in delicious, light and nutritious salads, providing a light-and curious-bitter taste. It is noteworthy that this flavor will depend directly on whether during growth it has been protected or not from the sun, given that the more sun, the more bitter it will be.

But as with the artichoke , precisely to that bitter taste we owe most of the properties that we find in raw endive (the lactucin and the coumarin ).

Both are substances with anti-inflammatory action , so that It is an ideal food to relieve the symptoms of diseases such as arthritis and gout .

It is a vegetable recommended in people with diabetes, thanks to helps regulate blood sugar levels , while being able to lower levels of high cholesterol and increase the good cholesterol .

It is rich in fiber , so that its consumption is interesting not only against constipation , if not then stimulate the health of the intestine thanks to the fact that it exerts a prebiotic action in our digestive system .

In addition, it is a recommended food in autumn and winter times, because it helps increase defenses by strengthening the immune system.

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