One of my favorite food memories as a child was my mom making rhubarb. I LOVE rhubarb and in my adult years am surprised how few people enjoy the tartness and tang of this beautiful plant.
Rhubarb is a colorful vegetable, not a fruit, and grows quite similarly to celery.
The edible part of the rhubarb plant — the stalk — contains anthocyanins, which is where the bright pinkish red color comes from. Anthocyanins are a type of flavonoid found in foods such as berries, red onions, black beans, red grapes and black plums.
While they act as antioxidants in test tube studies, in the human body their protection seems more likely to come from their role in cancer-preventive cell signaling. Anthocyanins have demonstrated protective effects on blood vessels and blood pressure, and recent research suggests that anthocyanins may offer anti-cancer benefits, too.
Rhubarb is also a great source of vitamin K1, which is important for blood clotting and bone health. A half cup of cooked rhubarb provides more than one-third of the recommended dietary intake of vitamin K1, along with two grams of fiber, some calcium and vitamin C.
If you grow your own rhubarb, be careful to avoid the leaves, as their high levels of oxalic acid make them poisonous.
If you are used to strawberry rhubarb pies, you are going to love this tangy sweet but not insulin spiking treat!
How did I manage to bring this childhood favorite into the 2020's leaving the sugar behind? I used coconut palm sugar which has a glycemic load of 1... compare that to a banana with a glycemic load of 12.4 or agave syrup of 9.6 or of table sugar at 6!
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