Autumn Is a Good Time to Eat Eggplant

Eggplants in a crate.

Eggplant is nutritional and affordable. (Image: jackmac34 via Pixabay)

Eggplant is nutritional and affordable. Eating it in the fall is especially good for the body. According to traditional Chinese medical studies, it has multiple health benefits.

Lowers blood lipids and combats fatigue

Eggplant contains saponin, a chemical compound that can remove heat, calm, and modulate the body. It is effective in fighting fatigue and lowering blood lipids. If you get tired at work easily and often eat a rich, oily diet, you need to eat more of it.

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Removes heat

This vegetable removes body heat, which in traditional Chinese medicine is an excessive amount of yang or masculine energy. Even though it is autumn now, the temperature is still quite high and the days are hot. Eating it can balance your body heat. Different from fruit and cucumbers, which are crunchy and instant in quenching heat, eggplant works from the inside out and has a more lasting effect in its function.

Eggplants in a market.
This vegetable removes body heat, which in traditional Chinese medicine is an excessive amount of yang or masculine energy. (Image: via Pexels)

Protect the heart and blood vessels

Eggplant is rich in vitamin P. It enhances cell adhesion and vessel tube elasticity so as to prevent rupture. People with a weak blood circulatory system should eat more of it.

Protect the skin and combat aging

The rich content of vitamin E in this vegetable neutralizes free radicals. It can combat aging and enhance skin complexion. Frequent eating of this vegetable can reduce wrinkles, freckles, and dark circles.

Stops bleeding and pain

Autumn is a dry season. People suffering from hemorrhoids should eat more eggplants to solve the bleeding problem.

Prevents stomach problems

The solanine in it works to suppress tumors forming in the digestive system. It can help prevent stomach issues.

Sliced eggplant in a pot.
Eggplant can be used in a variety of dishes. (Image: via Pexels)

Eggplant with minced meat recipe

Ingredients:

2-3 eggplants, pork 100g, garlic, ginger, green onion, chili, oil, salt, and soya sauce

Steps:

  • Cut into chunks and lightly marinate with salt to draw out the excess water; mince pork, garlic, and ginger; cut green onion into small bits;
  • Squeeze water out of the salted eggplant and dry;
  • Heat up a wok/pan with oil, put in eggplant, fry till soft, and leave it to one side;
  • Add oil to the wok/pan, put in chili, cook on low heat till the aroma comes out, remove the chili pieces and discard;
  • Add garlic and ginger to the chili oil, stir fry till the aroma comes out, add in the pork, and stir fry until the color changes;
  • Add soya sauce, put eggplant back into wok/pan, mix well and put on a plate;
  • Sprinkle green onion on the dish to serve.

Translated by CC and edited by Helen

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