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Shenrina Badri
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2 Oct 2017
4:44 pm

Super benefits of eggplant

Shenrina Badri

People who are trying to drop a few kilograms in weight, may want to consider including an adequate amount of eggplant in their diet.

sliced eggplant on wooden cutting board. Image: iStock

The famous eggplant is a vegetable that is enjoyed throughout the world and is prepared in various ways by people of different cultures. It is also known as brinjal or aubergine and has many benefits to offer.

Here are some of them:

Supports digestion

Eggplants are a fabulous source of dietary fibre which is needed to support gastrointestinal health as well as to prevent constipation.

Weight loss

People who are trying to drop a few kilograms in weight, may want to consider including an adequate amount of eggplant in their diet as the vegetable contains almost no fat or cholesterol. Remember that it is also a good source of fibre – a nutrient that supports weight loss.

Improves brain function

Eggplants contain some remarkable phytonutrients which are known to help boost cognitive activity and overall mental health. According to, ‘they not only defend against free radical activity and keep your body and brain safe from toxins and diseases, but they also increase blood flow to the brain. By delivering more oxygen-rich blood to the brain, it stimulates neural pathways to develop, boosting the powers of memory and analytic thought’.

Cardiovascular health

Apart from the fibre content benefits, which include helping to reduce LDL cholesterol in the body and stimulating the uptake of HDL cholesterol, eggplants are also fabulous for helping to reduce blood pressure and supporting a good cardiovascular health.

Other benefits

In addition to the above benefits, eggplants are also known to help prevent cancer and osteoporosis, help to build strong bones, and manage diabetes and anaemia.

Consult a professional

Always consult a dietician if you require assistance in putting a meal plan together. In addition, you should always check with your doctor before making any drastic changes to your diet, especially if you are under medication or suffer from any medical condition that has an effect on your diet.
Note that some people experience an allergic reaction to eggplants so discuss this with your doctor if you are concerned.


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