True, eggplants cannot boast of high nutritional value like other vegetables. But, this does not mean that it is devoid of any nutritional merit. Obese people cherish dishes made of eggplant since they are low in calorie level. The harmful trace of sodium is also minimal in eggplants. It supplies the body with many essential minerals.
This veggie is also rich in phytochemicals such as monoterpene. This phytochemical is found to possess certain cancer-fighting properties. It has been estimated that a single cup of eggplants supplies only twenty-eight calories and three grams of sodium. The fact that it is almost fat-free makes it a dieter’s favorite. A cup of eggplants contain only 0.2 grams of fat. It is advisable to cook eggplant without oil in order to minimize its calorie contribution. Eggplant is, however, not an abundant source of proteins or carbohydrates.
One cup of eggplants contains less than one gram of protein and approximately seen grams of carbohydrates. The skin of this vegetable is found to contain dietary fiber. If eaten along with its skin, one cup of eggplants contains 2.5 grams of dietary fiber. The soluble fiber present in the skin of eggplants is found to be effective in lowering the cholesterol level.
Eggplant belongs to the nightshade family, which includes the poisonous Jimson weed and Belladonna. For that matter, immature eggplant is also not that safe to be eaten. In its raw stage, eggplants also contain certain toxic substances that create certain ailments when eaten.
However, eggplant is associated with certain medicinal qualities by the practitioners of alternative medicine. They consider eggplants to be effective in treating uterine tumors. However some health experts advise people suffering from arthritis and other bone and joint disorders to avoid the consumption of eggplants.
Members of the nightshade family such as eggplant, tomatoes, potatoes contain an alkaloid toxin called solanine, that often lead to disorders such as diarrhea, heart failure and headache in sensitive people.