I originally wrote this story about the health benefits for artichokes for Lifetime Daily.
Think of the common garden thistle. A prickly, pesky weed likely comes to mind. It might be surprising to learn that the thistle’s purple blooms are related to one of spring’s healthiest veggies: the artichoke.
Lined with thick layered petals, globe artichokes cut a beautiful figure. They also rank among the top sources of antioxidants of any food. (Beans and russet potatoes were also tops among vegetables.) But their health benefits, especially for older adults, don’t end there.
The Health Benefits of Artichokes
1. Artichokes are loaded with dietary fiber.
Put down that bran muffin and reach for artichokes to promote regularity and colon health. One medium artichoke has about 60 calories and provides more than 10 grams of soluble and insoluble fiber. Fiber is a type of carbohydrate that helps regulate appetite, digestion, blood sugar, and cholesterol.