What You Need To Know About Rhubarb: Can It Really Accelerate Weight Loss?

Mar 18, 2016 06:57 AM EDT | By Jessica Fenol

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Rhubarb or Rheum Palmatum is a sour plant  with long, slender pale green and red stalks, accompanied by large, scalloped green leaves. April to May is the harvest season of rhubarb. And people should pay attention because it can help you lose weight.

It is considered as a garden must-have since it can blend with a lot of recipes. Up to this day, other countries consider it as a vegetable but are known to be a fruit in the US. With obvious benefits and nutritional value such as carbohydrates, fiber, protein, and vitamins A and C, it is widely consumed by healthy eaters. If store bought, the stalks are firm and can be bought with or without leaves. 

However, because of its piercing sour taste, others didn't bother to give attention to rhubarbs. Its slender stalks easily compliment other dishes when cooked properly. Some do not recommend to eat this by itself but you'll be surprised with the various ways this fruit can be prepared such pies, cakes or even turn them into cocktails.

Not only because of the taste, has rhubarb deserved the recognition, also due to its ability to aid in weight loss process. Organic Facts attributes improved weight loss to rhubarb's nutritional contents which are also responsible for improved digestion, Alzheimer's prevention, bone growth stimulation and improved blood circulation.

Those who are adamant in losing weight can try and include rhubarb in their diet. Experts say "Rhubarb is one of the lowest caloric vegetables on the market, and as such, it is often recommended for people who are struggling to lose weight but still want to remain healthy. 100 grams of rhubarb contains only 21 calories, so feel free to load up on the rhubarb without packing on any pounds. The impact that the various organic compounds in rhubarb have on the body's metabolism can also dramatically increase the rate that the body burns fat, thereby helping you lose weight in another way".

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