This green pine cone looking vegetable may look a little intimidating to cook with, but it is definitely worth your time. One medium sized artichoke is packed full of nutrients and contains about 60 kcals, 7 gm fiber, and is a good source of folate, vitamin C and vitamin K. Due to the high fiber content, one of the health benefits of artichokes is the improvement of diarrhea and constipation.

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