How to get the most out of artichoke (if you have already discovered that it is a superfood)

In the newsroom I have a name: I am the girl from the artichoke. Not because I love to eat them fried (which too) but because I believe above all things in their draining powers to deal with fluid retention, swelling and inflammation of the body. Not that it is a magical vegetable, but almost. If you take it religiously for long periods of time (always carefully and without extending the indicated time, especially when it comes to pills or vials) the effects are miraculous. My favorite way to take it is diluted in water: you kill two birds with one stone. The artichoke does its thing when it comes to fluid retention while you do your homework and don't forget to hydrate. A full-blown win win.

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Artichokes are rich in fiber, vitamin C, folic acid, potassium, calcium, magnesium, manganese, and phosphorus. In addition, because it is a source of vitamins B1, B3 and E that interfere with the proper functioning of the nervous system. It is also duretic: surely you have heard on more than one occasion that of 'the artichoke diet' to lose weight quickly before a wedding or an event. Although these kinds of diets are not healthy due to the restriction they imply, I would be lying (we) if I said that I have never tried it. However, this does not have to be the reason that leads anyone to make the artichoke an essential food in the refrigerator.

How to get the most out of it

If you weren't born with the gift of cooking precisely, don't worry. You can buy them in cans, where they do not lose any of their properties. However, the best option will always be to buy them fresh and prepare them at home. A somewhat more complicated task, but one that is worth it, since you can take advantage of the artichoke in many ways. To clean it you have to remove the hardest and driest leaves of the artichoke, even with a spoon you can remove the lint from the inside. To delay oxidation, leave the artichoke in a bowl with cold water and lemon while you clean the others. From here, the choice is yours: if you want to eat them crispy, the oven or the pan will be your allies, but if you want to carry out a real 2×1, the best option is to boil them: they will be soft and you can take advantage of the cooking water. Yes, as you read it.

If you let the water cool and keep it in the refrigerator, drinking it the next day is a real detox cure to purify the body. You can also use this water in smoothies or smoothies for a greater boost, although remember that it only lasts 1-2 days in the fridge.

If all this effort does not go with you and you still want to take advantage of the benefits of the artichoke … you just have to go to the herbalist and, problem solved!

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