Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus
The Ketogenic Superfood
Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus, lightly oiled and kissed by fire, is considered a superfood due to the many nutritious properties it has. High in fibre, asparagine and anti oxidants, whilst also more commonly known as an aphrodisiac.
Its winter here in Australia, but as many of my readers are from the northern hemisphere, I thought I’d post a recipe that accompanies warm nights, endless sunshine and a red hot grill. Nothing beats locally sourced vegetables, so support your local markets and grab some of these keto superfoods!
As a kid, I would never eat Asparagus. I always thought that it tasted foul, and hours later a trip to the bathroom would often confirm my theory. I know you all want to know one thing, so lets get that out of the way first.
Whats that foul smell? Modern science has been able to refine the reason why asparagus can be foul to smell. The culprit? Asparagusic Acid.
Asparagusic acid can substitute for lipoic acid in α-keto-acid oxidation systems such as the citric acid cycle. The (R)-(+)-enantiomer of α-lipoic acid is a cofactor in the pyruvate dehydrogenase complex and is essential for aerobic metabolism. This basically means that if you running, cycling or performing any other aerobic exercise, that eating asparagus should be an essential part of your diet.
But why is it present as an odour when you go to the bathroom? Well, when asparagus is digested by the body, it breaks down into a chemical group related to sulfur. Similar to garlic, these molecules convey a powerful, typically unpleasant smell.
These molecules have one main characteristic in common. They are volatile, with a low boiling point which vaporises at room temperature. This is why asparagus itself doesn’t convey a bad smell, only once your body converts it into asparagus acid.
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Keto Recipe Nutritional Disclaimer
Please note that I am not qualified as a medical professional. I am simply recounting and sharing my own experiences on this website. Nothing I express here should be taken as medical advice and you should consult with your doctor before starting any diet or exercise program. I provide nutritional information for my keto recipes simply as a courtesy to my readers. It is calculated using Chronometer and I remove fiber along with sugar alcohols to find the net carb count, as it does not affect my own blood glucose levels. I do my best to be as accurate as possible but you should independently calculate nutritional information on your own before relying on them. I expressly disclaim any and all liability of any kind with respect to any act or omission wholly or in part in reliance on anything contained in this website.