Step aside kale, this leafy green contains just as many health benefits and adds a flavorful peppery kick.
Also known as rocket or rucola, arugula is classified as a cruciferous vegetable. Cruciferous vegetables are known for being filled with nutrients including vitamins K, C & E, magnesium, iron, calcium, potassium, and manganese. They also contain a high concentration of glucosinolates, a group of glucosides that contain sulfur. When consumed, glucosinolates break down into powerful compounds known as indoles, nitriles, thiocyanates, and isothiocyanates. The National Cancer Institute have experimented with these compounds in animals and laboratory grown cells and found that they help protect cells from DNA damage, help inactivate carcinogens, have antiviral and antibacterial effects, and have anti-inflammatory effects.
The National Cancer Institute also reported case-control studies that have shown that people who ate greater amounts of cruciferous vegetables had a lower risk of prostate cancer.
Just to add to the extensive list of health benefits that arugula provides, it is also rich in beta-carotene and chlorophyll. Beta-carotene is an antioxidant that protects the body from free radicals that could potentially lead to chronic illness.
Although arugula has a dominating presence in Italian cooking, it has become a popular ingredient throughout the world and is incorporated into many different cuisines. People love arugula’s distinct flavor and how it adds a great punch that’ll spice up any dish.
Try our Arugula & Avocado Breakfast Sandwich, an option that will get your day off to a delicious start without weighing you down. Or add it into your lunch routine with our Arugula and Jicama Salad since jicama is in season through late spring! If you’re looking for something a little more filling, our Artichoke, Arugula & Olive Pizza is sure to do the trick.