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Aubergines aren’t particularly popular in the Northern European diet, yet Mediterranean and Middle-Eastern people often include them in their meals. The beautiful coloured skins are rich in nasunin, an antioxidant phytonutrient that helps keep the body cells healthy. Most of the studies done on nasunin and aubergines have been in Asia so it is difficult to conclude whether the level of nasunins found in the aubergines we cultivate are comparable.
Here’s a great recipe from the Jamie Oliver collection that not only includes the fantastic aubergine, but celebrates the tomato too – another top vegetable that should feature in every health-conscious individual’s diet:
Tips: to make this recipe healthier, cut back on the parmesan and swap the mozzarella for a mozzarella light option > this will reduce the overall saturated fat content.
Seb is a writer and blogger of food and nutrition. He holds a bachelors and a masters degree in nutrition science, and has studied sports and exercise nutrition at postgraduate level. He specialises in plant-based nutrition and believes passionately that we can all live with a little less meat. He writes for www.veggieandspice.com and www.itsaboutnutrition.com