Bok Choy for Health

(Large) White Bok Choy
Baby Green Bok Choy

Other names:

  • Bok Choi (a variation in the spelling)
  • Pak Choy (or Pak Choi - a variation in the spelling)
  • Peh Chai
  • báicài (in the Mandarin romanized translation or pinyin)

The variation in the names are due to translation from Mandarin and the different dialects of China. It literally means "white vegetable".


Variations:

  • Big White Bok Choy
  • Big Green Bok Choy
  • Small White Bok Choy
  • Small Green Bok Choy (aka Shanghai Bok Choy)

Generally, the Baby Bok Choys are sweeter than the larger varieties, and the green varieties are sweeter than the white ones.


Bok Choy's Main Nutrients

  • Antioxidant:    Vitamin (C,K),  Alpha-Lipoic Acid
  • Other:               Vitamin (A,C,K), Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Sodium, Dietary Fiber, Water


One cup of Bok Choy, can satisfy the recommended daily requirements of Vitamin A and C.


Interesting stuff on Bok Choy

Native of:

  • China


Now Found\Grown in:

  • grown in many places globally, mainly Asia


Examples of Health Benefits of Bok Choy

  • Cancer fighter
  • Blood Pressure regulator
  • Keeps digestive track healthy
  • Eye health
  • Antiseptic and antibacterial qualities
  • Boost ferritin level in body, and hence, helps control iron level


Some precautions

  • contains glucosinolates (natural compound that gives it it pungent taste). In small doses, glucosinolates has health benefits, but in large doses is considered toxic, especially when consumed in raw form.


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