Health Benefits of Parsnip

Parsnip is physically similar to carrots; it has a sweet, nutty flavor that goes well with other vegetables. It has high sugar content and is use to make wines and cake flour. Parsnip is also a flavorful alternative to potatoes.

Health Benefits of Parsnip:

  • Parsnip is a good source of soluble fiber, the type that helps lower cholesterol and keeps blood sugar on a healthy level.
  • Parsnip is a good source of folic acid, B vitamin that pregnant woman requires to help reduce the risk of certain disabling birth defects. Folic acid also plays a role in reducing heart disease and may help prevent dementia and osteoporosis.
  • Parsnip is recommended for controlling obesity and cellulite.
  • Parsnip is excellent for improving bowel action, and has a beneficial effect on the liver.
  • Parsnip has a slight diuretic action and leaves an alkaline ash in the body.

Nutrient Content of Parsnip per 1/2 cup (sliced):

  • Vitamin C: 10 mg
  • Folic Acid: 45 micrograms
  • Potassium: 287 mg
  • Sodium: 8 mg
  • Manganese: <1 mg
  • Dietary Fiber: 3 g
  • Fat: 0 g
  • Protein: 1 g
  • Carbohydrate: 21 g
  • Calories: 55

Buying Tips: Select Parsnips that are smooth, firm and one that is about the size of a medium carrot. Softness is sometimes an indication of decay, which may appear as a gray mold or watery soft rot. Woody cores are likely to be found in large, coarse roots.

Storage Tips: Most parsnips are sold with the tops removed; if the tops are still attached, cut them off before storing them so they don’t draw moisture from the roots. They can be kept for a few weeks in the refrigerator.

Cooking Tip: To obtain the full flavor of parsnips, they should be steamed in their skins until tender. Then they may be peeled and split lengthwise. If the core is large, scoop it out with the point of a knife. If tender, they can be eaten raw.

Side Effects of Parsnip:

  • Parsnip contains polyacetylenes, which have shown cytotoxic activity. Caution is advised in patients taking anticancer agents, as the combination may have addictive effects.
  • Parsnip may cause photosensitivity. Caution is advised in patients taking other agents that cause light sensitivity, such as St. John’s wort, as the combination may increase this side effect.

“This post was originally published on January 9, 2012 @ 22:53”

Len Carpio

The majority of articles I published were focused on health. I’m very interested in using natural remedies as they enhance the body's ability to heal itself and have no harmful side effects. I became interested in natural remedies when I met a Gerson therapist, who told me that in Gerson therapy they use “ live food” (organic vegetable, fruits, etc) to cure their patients. For the body to fight different illnesses, our immune system should be strong. In Gerson therapy they promote the supplementation of healthy and nutritious “ live food” for the body to fight disease, repair and regain its strength. I hope you will enjoy and learn from reading my articles. Have a good day and lets all be healthy :)

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