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ArugulaArugula, also known as rocket or rucola, might have a slightly bitter taste that you need to get used to, but it is one of the most nutritious foods we can put into our bodies. One cup only has 6 calories and contains 9% of your vitamin A requirements, 5% of your vitamin C requirements, and 2% of your calcium requirements.
Arugula also contains antioxidants and phytochemicals called quercetin and kaempferol, which are released into our bodies when we chew or break up the leaves. Arugula also contains glucosilonates, a group of compounds that have been shown to protect the body from cancer.
Uses: You can use arugula as an alternative to lettuce for the basis of your salads, with fava beans for an oriental breakfast, or even add it to pizza as a healthy topping. Enjoy arugula raw to avoid any nutrients being lost from heat.
Storage: If arugula is kept dry and stored in a cool place it can last up to two weeks. Store in a plastic bag in a refrigerator along with a paper towel to absorb moisture.