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What are the benefits of eating bok choy?

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  • AVandana R. Sheth, Nutrition & Dietetics, answered on behalf of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

    Bok Choy also known as Chinese cabbage has many of the same benefits as cabbage. It is a good source of antioxidants, B-vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin K, manganese, potassium, iron and magnesium. Vitamin K is known to play an important role in bone metabolism and may possibly be linked to helping against Alzheimer's disease.

    Bok choy can be enjoyed in many ways.

    • Steam it and enjoy as a side dish
    • Sauté it in a little oil with garlic, ginger and stir fry- enjoy with brown rice
    • Chop it up and add to soups, stews, casserole style dishes
  • ARealAge answered

    Show your heart some love and boost your odds of a longer life by stir-frying this Chinese green: bok choy. A large-scale study found that people who eat the most vegetables have lower mortality rates -- especially from heart troubles. But the strongest protective benefits were tied to intake of cruciferous vegetables, like bok choy.

    Not All Vegetables Created Equal

    The study followed over 100,000 middle-aged men and women in Shanghai, China -- a part of the world where people consume lots of veggies, particularly cruciferous ones. And a diet survey there revealed that people whose daily diets included the most vegetables were 15% less likely to have died during the 5-year study period. And the risk of heart disease-related death was particularly low for the vegetable lovers. But the surprising insight? People who consumed the most cruciferous vegetables were the best protected.

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