Vegetable of the month: Artichokes


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As some artichoke aficionados know, anything you eat or drink right after eating this unique vegetable tastes sweeter than usual. Artichokes contain chlorogenic acid and cynarin, which partially inhibit the sweet receptors on your tongue. Whatever you eat or drink right afterwards washes off the compounds, fooling your brain into perceiving sweetness that isn't actually there. Try serving an artichoke alongside another vegetable you find less palatable, and alternate bites!

Cynarin also seems to increase the liver's production of bile, which helps remove cholesterol from the body.

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