Bok choy, also known as pak choi, is a Chinese cabbage that you’ll want to have in your diet. This is one of the best foods you can add to your diet for weight loss, and optimizing your health.
Health Benefits Of Bok Choy
The health benefits of bok chop lay in its low-carb, vitamin-rich nutrition profile. While this veggie is high is water, it is also a great source of vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin K1. It is a good source of vitamin B6, folate, calcium, iron, potassium, and manganese. Bok choy also contains protein, dietary fibre, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, magnesium, and phosphorus.
Bok choy is loaded with antioxidants. These antioxidants help reduce inflammation, oxidative stress, and free radicals in the body. Hydroxycinnamic acid is one of the major antioxidants found in bok choy. It is great for reducing free radicals in the body. Free radicals can cause major damage in the body and lead to many diseases.
Vitamin A also works as an antioxidant, reducing oxidative stress. It also promotes eye health. It’s needed for the rhodopsin molecule in the eye. It’s responsible for receiving light, and sending the signal to the brain to tell you that you’re seeing. Vitamin A also helps reduce your risk of developing macular degeneration.
One of the greatest benefits of vitamin A is that it promotes collagen production. Collagen is the main protein responsible for connecting tissue. This results in skin staying healthier, and looking younger. That’s right, vitamin A works as an anti-aging vitamin to help protect your skin from wrinkles.
Bok choy is a low FODMAP food. High FODMAP foods can cause gut irritability, including diarrhea, constipation, gas, bloating, and/or cramping. Because bok choy is a low FODMAP food, it should be digested easily with little irritable side effects.
This is a great backyard veggie. You don’t need a lot of space or time to grow your own bok choy at home. It can easily grow in pots. It takes about a month from seedling to full maturity or about 45 days from a seed. This means you can grow bok choy several times throughout the warm summer months. Baby bok choy is more common than full sized bok choy, but they are the same plant, with the same amazing heath benefits.
Here’s a quick tutorial video about planting bok choy at home.
Bok choy cooks very quickly because it is a leafy vegetable that is made up of mostly water. It has very minimal flavouring, so you may want to add some healthy flavour to it when you prepare it. The minimal flavour profile also means that almost everyone will be able to enjoy the amazing health benefits of bok choy.