Also known as “rocket,” arugula is a favorite salad herb that adds a sharp, peppery bite to a wide variety of dishes, such as this Asparagus Arugula Salad. Like most salad greens, arugula is very low in calories and is high in vitamins A and C. A 1 cup serving has about 5 calories.
Arugula is also a good source of calcium, magnesium and manganese. This leafy green is considerably lower in oxalates (minerals which interfere with calcium’s bioavailability) than spinach, which means arugula has more calcium availability than Popeye’s favorite green.
In the 2008 campaign for President of the United States, then-senator Barack Obama was criticized, and labeled an elitist, for saying, “Anybody gone into Whole Foods lately and see what they charge for arugula?” on the campaign trail.