Fresh artichokes look intimidating, especially when it is so easy to buy the jarred, marinated variety. But packaged artichokes are usually soaking in oil and may have added sodium or other unhealthy jar-mates. Go for the fresh choke and you'll avoid additives and get right to the antioxidants, fiber, vitamins and minerals this veggie has to offer.
1 medium artichoke: 60 calories, 0g fat, 13g carbohydrates, 7g fiber, 4g protein
Originally published on FitnessMagazine.com, April 2009
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