Hajiya Jummai Hassan, a nutritionist with Wuse General Hospital, Abuja, has said that garden egg also known as eggplant could help to reduce body weight.
Hassan on Monday said that eggplant, also referred to as “aubergine’’ had low calorie, low sodium and low protein, was high in dietary fibre and potassium.
“Egg plant is a fruit but it is classified under vegetables, if you really want to lose weight you should eat fresh garden egg.
“When you take garden egg, it fills the tummy because of its fibre content and it helps reduce the food you consume, thereby reducing the calories and body weight.’’
She added that due to the high fibre content in eggplant, it helped to reduce bad cholesterol in the body, thereby protecting the heart.
The nutritionist said that garden egg helped to regulate the blood pressure, saying that it also helped to maintain and regulate the function of the heart.
“Because of the high fibre and low soluble carbohydrate content of the eggplant, it controls glucose absorption and reduces the risk of hypertension.
“It is very low in calorie content, so when you consume it and you are diabetic it suppresses the sugar level and brings the blood pressure down.’’
Hassan also said that garden egg had an anti-ulcer remedy, which could be used as treatment for ulcer.
“It is not that it protects you from having ulcer but when you have it and you take garden egg, it has that-anti ulcer remedy that suppresses it.’’
The nutritionist said that patients with glaucoma should eat a lot of garden egg because it served as an antioxidant, which prevented cells in the body from damage.
She said that garden egg leaf was also useful in treating snake bites, “which indicates that every part of the plant is useful.’’
The nutritionist said that garden egg could be eaten fresh or prepared into stew and eaten with yam, rice or any other food.