Also known as Salad Rocket, which is a fitting name for this zippy leafy green, Arugula is a delicious early summer vegetable from the brassicaceae family. Like others in this vegetable family (such as kale, cabbage, cauliflower and mustard greens), Arugula has no shortage of healing qualities. However, there's more to this zippy herb than you might expect. Arugula has a unique and surprising effect that you might not expect from the leafy greens family, but first let's cover the basics. With very few calories and tons of flavor it is a great green to help maintain a healthy weight without sacrificing great tasting foods!
Arugula is a rich source of certain phytochemicals that have been shown to combat cancer-causing elements in the body. Arugula is also a great source of folic acid and Vitamins A, C and K. As one of the best vegetable sources of Vitamin K, arugula provides a boost for bone and brain health. Arugula has an array of minerals and high levels of Iron and Copper, making it a good substitute for spinach if you're paying attention to getting more vegetable based iron in your diet. Its peppery flavor provides a natural cooling effect on the body - a good food for hot weather picnics! Like other leafy greens, arugula is also a hydrating food, helping keep your body hydrated in the heat of summer.