Jerusalem Artichokes are also called globe artichokes, Helianthus tuberosus, sunchoke, and many more names. And they are not really artichokes at all… they are the roots of a particular sunflower plant.
Here 12 Reason to Eat Jerusalem Artichokes
Diabetes – Jerusalem Artichokes have a glycemic index of 50 which is a moderate glycemic index… which means Jerusalem Artichokes help regulate blood glucose. If you have diabetes use Jerusalem Artichokes instead of potatoes… they are much healthier.
Fat and Cholesterol Free – Jerusalem Artichoke are cholesterol free and almost completely fat free… making them great for low fat diets.
Flour – Jerusalem Artichokes can be dried and made into a versatile flour that can be made into pasta and bread… and the flour also contains inulin. – Wonderful!
Inulin – Jerusalem Artichokes are especially high in inulin… a soluble non-starch polysaccharide that promotes the growth of good bacteria in your gut.
Fiber – Jerusalem Artichokes are full of good fiber that promote the growth of probiotic bacteria in your gut and thus boost up your immune system. Most people eat less than 1/3 the amount of fiber they need… and fiber prevents cancer and constipation.
Taste – Jerusalem Artichokes are crisp and nutty… a nice combination.
Vitamins – Jerusalem Artichokes contain a good amount of vitamins including Vitamin A or beta-carotene a powerful antioxidant. Vitamin C which prevents cardiovascular challenges, strokes, and cancer. Some B Vitamins for good mood and vitality, Vitamin E for sexual health and cardiovascular support, and a small amount of Vitamin K for proper clotting.
Antioxidants – Jerusalem Artichokes have a good amount of antioxidants that rid the body of free radicals and thus prevent DNA damage.
Minerals – Jerusalem Artichokes are full of great minerals, in fact they contain lots of iron and some copper for anemia, selenium and zinc for immunity, calcium for strong bones, lots of potassium for water regulation and heart health, and manganese and magnesium for enzyme production and immune support.
Good Source of Carbs – Jerusalem Artichokes are good source of carbs for energy… they contain about the same amount of carbs as potatoes.
Coffee Substitute – Jerusalem artichokes can be dried, roasted, and used as a coffee substitute.
Lots of Protein – Jerusalem Artichokes have more protein than other root veggies like potatoes… about 3 grams per cup.