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What Are the Benefits of Hearts of Palm?

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  • Described as looking a little like asparagus minus the tip, hearts of palm are slightly more delicate but similar in taste to artichoke hearts and have a crunchy texture for culinary versatility
  • Cultivated and consumed by the ancient Mayans who lived in Mesoamerica from around 2600 B.C., hearts of palm can be harvested from several types of palm trees in Florida, Costa Rica and Brazil
  • Hearts of palm are an excellent source of protein and fiber, as well as potassium, vitamins B6 and C, calcium, niacin, phosphorus and zinc
  • Hearts of palm can even make a tasty main course meal, as when they’re chopped, they break into shreds that resemble fresh crab meat, and adding the right ingredients can turn them into delicious salads, dips and stir-fries

By Dr. Mercola

Even if you’re not a vegetarian, foods that pack a punch in the protein department often earn high marks for people savvy enough to manage their sources through something other than meat. One overlooked source is hearts of palm, which was cultivated and consumed at least as early as the ancient Mayans, who lived in Mesoamerica from around 2600 B.C.

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