Information on Cholesterol in Eggplant
Cholesterol in the diet comes from animal sources: meat, eggs and dairy products. Eggplant has no cholesterol, and some studies suggest that eggplant may help to lower unhealthy cholesterol levels.
Recent studies using eggplant juice have shown a significant reduction in cholesterol rates. Scientists believe that this is due in part to the nasunin found in eggplant.
The misunderstanding that causes some people to think that eggplant is high in cholesterol comes from the way that eggplant is prepared. A dish like eggplant parmesan will be high in cholesterol if it’s made will full-fat cheese.
Eggplant is rich in antioxidants, which are important in cancer prevention.
Eggplant contains oxalates, which can become concentrated in body fluids. People with a history of kidney or gall stones should limit their eggplant consumption.
Eggplant is low in calories. Unpeeled eggplant is a good source of fiber, and it also contains phosphorus, potassium and folate.