Debunking the Eggplant Myth

New converts to veganism need to be very conscious of the nutritional content of what they eat. Every vegan who fails to eat properly provides fuel for annoying anecdotes told by skeptical carnivores. These anecdotes vary with each telling, but usually sound something like this:

“You’re vegan? I knew a vegan once. She became very ill and her doctor told her to eat meat. Once she did, she felt much better. How do you get enough protein?”

To prevent myself from contributing to stories like this, which grate on the ears of healthy vegans everywhere, I am embarking on a continuing series of nutrition related posts. Today’s topic: Eggplant – do we really need it?

An informal survey conducted by The Recreational Vegan’s Quantitative Strategies Branch (QSB) suggests that many Torontonians believe that eggplant is a good source of nutrients. I contacted (read googled eggplant nutrients and found an article edited by) Jaime Ackerman, registered dietician and nutrition associate for Ohio State University Extension in the College of Human Ecology. What I found will shock many readers: eggplant is mostly water and does not contain a significant source of any nutrient.

Conclusion: it appears that many Torontonians have fallen victim to the marketing ploys of the eggplant industry. Eggplant – do we need it? No.

Next installment in this series: Kale – King of the Leafy Greens?

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6 Responses to Debunking the Eggplant Myth

  1. […] My co-author recently posted an article with a comprehensive argument that eggplant does not provide any nutritious value at all. I buy the argument, and as a member of the QSB will continue this important research. But I refuse to let that stop me from ordering Cafe 668’s delicious fried eggplant with black bean sauce. It may be the best eggplant dish in Toronto (yes, I said that) and makes wonderful company to the restaurant’s tofu and soup items. […]

  2. […] Make no mistake, the food here is delicious and presented so beautifully that you’re torn on whether to eat it. The mushroom and spinach filo pastry is delicate and savoury. The gluten roast has a meaty composition, capable of pulling meat eating friends from the dark side. The eggplant pizza tart was creative, clever and good, despite the questionable use of eggplant in society. I would characterize the soups ($6) as nothing above aqequate, but a appetizer nonetheless. […]

  3. […] Warm soy milk breakfast, complete with donuty thing and vegetable pancake, for under $2. Available at most of Shanghai’s hole-in-the-wall breakfast joints. Street tofu, available on … errr… streets (like the one below), for about 15 cents. The author, funded by therecreationalvegan’s QSB, is currently travelling in Shanghai and Beijing. […]

  4. […] Hindi kailangan kumain ng talong. […]

  5. […] be out of reach to 1.3 billion souls. We speculate that this censorship is directly related to our daring revelation that eggplant is a useless vegetable. Imagine the impact on the Chinese economy, a significant […]

  6. Paul says:

    Here’s an article with references that could be taken as refuting your “no nutritional value” statement: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=22

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