Why Rhubarb Should Be a Part of Your Diet

You may have not put much thought into rhubarb as a fruit that should be in your diet however you might want to reconsider.  

What are the Benefits of Consuming Rhubarb?

Besides being delicious, mercola.com explains,

Describing rhubarb, some might begin with its long, slender pale green and red stalks, accompanied by large, scalloped green leaves. A few may know it's classified as a vegetable rather than a fruit.

Every serving of rhubarb provides 45% of the daily value in vitamin K, which supports healthy bone growth and can limit neuronal damage in the brain, even to the point of Alzheimer's prevention. It contains infection-fighter vitamin C, the second most prominent vitamin, along with vitamin A, another powerful natural antioxidant for good skin and mucous membranes, good vision, and possible protection against lung and mouth cancers (the red stalks provide more than the green ones), with healthy additions of folate, riboflavin, niacin, B-vitamins, and pantothenic acid. Good mineral sources include 32% of the daily value in manganese per serving, along with iron, potassium, and phosphorus.

While many believe milk is the best calcium source, one cup of cooked rhubarb contains just as much, and it's actually much better for you. In fact, rhubarb is on the short list with salmon and spinach for the highest amounts of calcium it provides.

Rhubarb was shown in a study to convey beneficial gastrointestinal results when given to patients with severe burns, with the result that it eased abdominal distension, promoted regularity, and increased food tolerance.   Besides the above health benefits, rhubarb contains hardly any natural sugars.    Because 1/2 cup of rhubarb contains 2.5 grams of carbs and 1 gram of fiber, it is considered to be low glycemic.  While many people need to add a sweetener (sugar or honey) to rhubarb, I will use stevia as a healthier, low glycemic option. You can even purchase rhubarb at your local farmers market and freeze it to have when not in season.  

Cons of Rhubarb

organicfacts.com explains,

The stalks are the only things eaten from this plant, because the triangular leaves are extremely high in oxalic acid, which can cause severe illnesses in people, resulting in the common belief that rhubarb is poisonous.

How can you incorporate rhubarb in your diet?

Simply add it to your shake.   Here is a shake my family loves.

1/2 cup fresh chopped rhubarb

1/2 cup fresh strawberries

1 serving of vanilla protein powder

1-2 cups of liquid (you can use milk, coconut or almond milk, or even water)

Handful of ice

3 drops of liquid stevia (optional)

Put into your blender and process until it’s well mixed. Enjoy!

Steven Zahn

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