Is Aubergine Good For You?
Aubergines act as a great plant-based alternative in traditionally ‘meat’ dishes due to interesting and versatile ways to cook with it and its meaty texture. So how good for you is it really? We’ve got everything you need to know about the nutritional profile of the vegetable.
What is aubergine?
Aubergine, also called eggplant in the US and brinjal in parts of Asia and Africa, is a plant in the nightshade family, alongside the tomato, potato and chilli pepper plant. They are typically a deep purple with a white flesh inside. They are in season in the UK from July to September, growing in warmer climates.
Do aubergines have nutritional value?
Aubergines actually have a great nutritional profile and are (criminally) underrated. It is:
- A fantastic source of fibre — 10% of your recommended daily intake can be found in less than 100g of aubergine
- A great source of B vitamins, particularly B1
- A good source of key minerals including magnesium and manganese
Is Aubergine good for you?
Aubergine is rich in a specific antioxidant called Nasunin, which is what makes the skin of the aubergine purple. Nasunin is super powerful in protecting the cells from free radical damage and may also lower cholesterol. Ultimately, aubergine is a great vegetable to incorporate into your diet and can absolutely be good for you as part of a balanced diet.
Our roundup of our favourite aubergine recipes is your next read!
by Toni Olukiran
Toni is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants, and when she’s not writing posts about everything from Jamaican cooking to vegan champagne, she’s making a Spotify playlist (she was at 200, at her last count) or playing tennis in the park.