Brinjal, also known as aurbergine or eggplant, is rich in fibre, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that the body needs for proper health and function.

“The dark purple varieties are particularly rich in the antioxidant polyphenol, chlorogenic acid, caffeic acid, and flavonoids such as nasunin that protect the heart from oxidative stress caused by free radicals.

“They contain all beneficial amounts of antioxidants, potassium, folate, magnesium, beta-carotene and fibre. They are great in balancing blood sugar levels and boosting gut health,” says food science expert DrDennis Adison Ouma.

Regular consumption of brinjals may improve digestion, promote strong and healthy bones, aid weight loss, improve digestive health, prevent anaemia, lower the risk of developing cancer, regulate sugar levels, and improve brain function. (Source: Healthier Steps)

CAUTION: 1) Avoid brinjal if you have arthritis as it contains a compound called solanine. Excess consumption of brinjal might lead to accumulation of solanine leading to symptoms of arthritis-like inflammation, pain and joint stiffness. 2) Brinjal contains high amounts of the amino acid tyramine, which causes increased levels of norepinephrine, a stimulant that can delay sleep.