Fresh Italian Parsley - 50g
Parsley is not just for garnishing! Once you see the health benefits, you might consider making parsley a staple in your main dish.
Wizz-up your own pesto or chop it up into your tabbouleh or any salad. You can even make the comforting British Parley sauce to go with fish/boiled ham or use as a dip for your nachos. Oh, top your Vietnamese pho with loads of it too!
Why Should You Eat More Herbs and Spices?
Herbs have been used since ancient times for their medicinal properties, mostly concentrated into teas and tinctures. More recently, their healthful value as a food ingredient has been realized. For one, herbs add a burst of flavor to food, allowing you to cut back on salt without sacrificing taste. And several herbs, including parsley, have significant amounts of the essential vitamins A, C and K.
But the true power of herbs lies in their wealth of protective polyphenols — plant compounds with potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. Piles of studies show that polyphenols in herbs help combat such diseases as cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, diabetes and more. Polyphenols are anti-microbial, so they can help protect us from harmful bacteria as well. Although many of the studies on herbs’ effects have involved concentrated solutions of the leaves’ active components, there is evidence that their benefits still apply when they are cooked and eaten as part of a regular meal, too.
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Parsley offers many more nutrients than people suspect.
A 1/2 cup (30 grams) of fresh, chopped parsley provides:
Calories: 11 calories
Carbs: 2 grams
Protein: 1 gram
Fat: less than 1 gram
Fiber: 1 gram
Vitamin A: 108% of the Reference Daily Intake (RDI)
Vitamin C: 53% of the RDI
Vitamin K: 547% of the RDI
Folate: 11% of the RDI
Potassium: 4% of the RDI
The herb is rich in many vitamins, particularly vitamin K, which is needed for blood clotting and bone health.
Parsley is also a great source of vitamins A and C — important nutrients with antioxidant properties.
Additionally, it’s very low in calories yet packed with flavor, making it a great low-calorie ingredient for many recipes.
Recipe: Green juice with Parsley
2 cups, parsley
2 stalks, celery
2 cups water
1 tsp ginger
¼ cup lemon juice
ice, to serve
1. Juice the celery in a slow juicer (or use our celery juice!).
2. Juice the parsley and ginger. Juice in small amounts so that you don't overwork your juicer.
3. Pour the lemon juice into the mixture jug and stir.
4. Serve the parsley juice chilled with ice cubes.