How to Remove Bitterness From Artichokes

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Artichokes have a very distinctive taste that some people might consider too bitter. Remove bitterness from artichokes with help from a board-certified health coach in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Abra Pappa, a holistic nutritionist and healthy eating fanatic from NutritiousAmerica.com. Today, we're going to have some fun with artichokes. So, let's solve the problem of removing the bitterness from artichokes. There are a couple of things to keep in mind in regards to bitterness with artichokes. The first one is, they naturally have a film on top of them. So, if you were to sort of wipe your hand and then, like your finger, it's extraordinarily bitter. So, first thing we do, is we take that off. Just wash it in cold water, you can use a little vegetable brush to get it off, that's going to help tings out. The second piece is, acid will help with the bitterness. So, using a lemon, built before and after cooking. You can squeeze it over it, you can stick it actually in the poaching liquid or even in the steaming liquid. Just so there's a little bit of acid. Additionally, when you're eating the artichoke, if you're dipping it in acid, it's going to help a little bit with the bitterness. But let's talk about the bitterness for a second. The bitterness is actually one of the best parts of the artichoke, for a few reasons. Number one, it helps your gall bladder efficiently process fat. So, artichokes are a wonderful food for people with IBS or Irritable Bowel Syndrome, it's actually used as a cure for IBS. The bitterness also is wonderful, because it helps the liver, it helps the liver metabolize things like alcohol. I didn't tell you that one, though. And then, the most interesting piece about the bitterness for me, there's an acid in the artichokes called cynarin. And it's a tricky little thing, because it affects your perception of sweetness. So, after you've eaten artichoke, the food you've eaten afterwards, even a glass of water, is perceived as sweeter than it normally would be. So, Artichokes are a great food to help cure sugar cravings. Because after you've eaten artichoke, there's a perception that your other food is sweeter, even though it's not. Thanks for watching, I'm Abra Pappa from NutritiousAmerica.com, have a delicious day.

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