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18 October 2006

The Food Guys: Don’t Fear the Eggplant;
It’s Your Purple-skinned Friend

Researchers say eggplant is another possible brain food. According to researchers, eggplant contains a potent phytonutrient called nasunin that, in animal studies, has been found to protect brain cell membranes from damage. Research also suggests that other compounds found in eggplant may play roles in cardiovascular health, cancer protection and arthritis relief.

Eggplant is a very versatile vegetable. It can be baked, roasted, pureed, stir-fried, stuffed or prepared in just about any imaginable way. Most eggplant recipes instruct one to “sweat” the eggplant by salting it after cutting. This process tenderizes the flesh and reduces some of the naturally bitter taste. It also is thought that salt will make the eggplant absorb less oil during cooking. Rinsing after the “sweating” process is an important step to remove excess salt.

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