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Artichokes at night: can they be eaten, or should they be avoided?

Numerous factors can help us rest well at night. Some are very important such as physical exercise, stress reduction, a good mattress, a balanced diet, light dinners, etc.

If we talk about food, having a balanced diet and having light dinners are factors that will mark the quality of our rest. Many foods are suitable for consumption at night and before bed, but are artichokes one of them?

In this article, we will discover what makes our beloved artichokes so special, and if we can consume them before sleeping without regret the following day, keep reading and don’t miss it!

Artichoke properties

If you have ever read our news blog, you will see that we have already talked about an artichoke’s multiple benefits.

Apart from being high in vitamins (A, B, C, E) and minerals (potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, iron, zinc), artichokes have many benefits for our body since they are rich in fiber. They are natural diuretics; they improve intestinal transit and fight fluid retention.

We’ve also highlighted that they even help prevent different diseases such as diabetes, liver and cardiovascular diseases, and hypertension and help prevent some types of cancer as aggressive as colon cancer.

As you can see, artichokes are a great vegetable and are recommended by renowned nutritionists. However, they’re also delicious. What’s not to love about Artichokes?

What are the effects of eating artichokes at night?

Apart from being an exquisite food, artichokes are a food that can be enjoyed at any time of the day.

With plenty of water and virtually no fat, artichokes are an excellent choice for dinner. Thanks to their versatility, they can be prepared in many ways and adorn your recipes while making your palate happy.

What if I eat a lot of artichokes at night?

Like any other food, they are not recommended to be consumed excessively, and all the more reason if we eat them before going to bed. Although we have already commented that artichokes can be consumed at night without any problem, it should be kept in mind that in some instances, if they are consumed in excess, they can reduce the quality of our precious rest.

Being especially rich in fiber, artichokes can slow our digestion down, producing gases. This can make people who are prone to gas and flatulence feel worse. Consume them in moderation!

On the other hand, the diuretic effect of artichokes can make us have to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night, making us get up and interrupt our rest.

These cases are rare since for these situations to occur, too many artichokes have to
be consumed at night, and, in addition, the person must be prone to produce gases.

How many artichokes are recommended to eat in one day

Having a balanced diet, low in saturated fat and rich in fruit and vegetables is key. You can’t ignore the benefits of other healthy foods, so combining different types of foods in your diet is best.

When giving a number of recommended artichokes, we could say that there is no exact number. Still, eating about 2 or 3 servings per week is recommended to leave room for other very beneficial foods that will provide other much-needed nutrients.

What side effects do artichokes have?

Despite their multiple health benefits, it should be noted that artichokes, like other vegetables, can have some adverse effects. They are incredibly scarce, but we will mention them below:

  • Being rich in fiber, they can cause gas and flatulence in people prone to having this type of disorder.
  • Having an effect that stimulates the gallbladder, its consumption is not recommended for people with biliary obstruction.
  • Due to their diuretic effect and their ability to reduce hypertension, they are not recommended if medications are being taken to lower blood pressure.

How should you eat artichokes at night?

As we have previously commented, artichokes are versatile and can be cooked in countless ways. However, when consuming them at night, it is advisable to avoid preparing them in a way that provides us with saturated fats (fried in oil, for example).

Next, we are going to recommend some ways to cook artichokes in ways that retain their lightness:

  • Boiled artichokes
  • Steamed artichokes
  • Baked artichokes
  • Artichokes in an omelet
  • Artichokes in cold salads

The limit is your imagination!

Now you know that artichokes are a great addition to your dinners. At Cynara, we manufacture our products with the best artichokes. If you want to know more about us, be sure to visit our website. Let us surprise you!

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