Asparagus can help you be your own green giant—the green vegetable is great for your sex life, thanks to its high vitamin E content, which is said to stimulate the production of testosterone. If that isn’t reason enough to start stockpiling the green stalk, the vegetable is rich in folate, the B vitamin that helps fight heart disease.
At 27 calories for 1 cup, asparagus is also a great source of fiber (4 grams per cup). If you’re looking for that extra muscle enhancement before a day at the beach, asparagus “contains natural diuretics, so it can de-bloat your body, which helps muscles look more defined,” says Cynthia Sass, R.D.
Tip: While size doesn’t matter, color does. Look for a firm stalk with bright green tips and avoid the white variation, which doesn’t pack as much nutritional value. Asparagus doesn’t stay fresh for long—only about two to four days so to maximize freshness, avoid washing the vegetable until right before use. When storing, snap off the ends and wrap a wet paper towel (or stand the stalks upright in a jar with about one inch of water) and place inside a plastic bag and store in the fridge.
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