An eggplant's purple hue comes from a powerful antioxidant called nasunin.
This helps protect against cancerous development, especially in the brain and other parts of the nervous system.
Nasunin is also believed to have anti-aging properties.
Eggplant skin is also rich in chlorogenic acid, a phytochemical that boasts antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
It also promotes glucose tolerance.
Although the eggplant interior contains chlorogenic acid, it's much more prevalent in the skin.
Cooked eggplant is a common meat replacement for vegans due to its tender texture.
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