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"Gobo" Burdock Root - Hidden Star of the Vegetable World

An unassuming but essential supporting sta

I know it might not look that appetizing at first glance, but burdock root is in fact an outstanding supporting player — an excellent way to bring out the flavor of a dish.

It has long been a traditional part of Japanese cuisine, where it features in a wide variety of dishes including Tempura (photo).

Burdock root is a decent source of B vitamins and vitamin E, but what really make it stand out are its abundant reserves of dietary fiber and minerals.

A dietary fiber champion!

The dietary fiber in burdock root can absorb large quantities of water, helping to soften the stool and keep you regular!

This fiber also promotes the growth of good bacteria in the gut while preventing spikes in blood sugar by slowing the absorption of sugars from the intestines, helping to prevent diabetes, eliminate excess cholesterol, salt and waste matter, and prevent cancer and hardening of the arteries.

What’s more, burdock root has recently been found to be rich in polyphenols, an antioxidant that fights aging. Just remember that burdock root really is packed with fiber, and could cause tummy trouble if you have weak digestion.

Even if you are in perfect health, eating too much could leave you feeling bloated, so take care not to go overboard! Also remember that it is best to soak chopped burdock root in vinegar water to remove any excess bitterness.

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