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Parsley Facts - To Eat Or Not To Eat

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A Fresh Parsley Sprig


 


Honestly, I never paid so much of attention to those tiny leaves of parsley sprinkled on my soups. However, I was amazed to find out that this herb is not just a garnish, it’s much more than that. I’m sure; you too will be surprised when you get to know these Parsley Facts. Read on...


 


Small Leaf - Big Benefits.


 


Often used as a garnish, Parsley has three varieties The Italian flat leaf, the curly parsley, and Hamburg. Out of these, The Italian Flat leaf is the most popular form as it has got a strong flavor compared to the other variants. Apart from adding color and appearance to a plain looking dish, Parsley also induces a special taste. The herb can be used both in fresh and dried forms.


 


One of the many Parsley facts is that apart from the culinary benefits, the herb also has a lot of nutritional value. Parsley is a rich source of anti oxidants which helps detoxify the body. It also has vitamin A and vitamin C, which is good for health. Along with these benefits, Parsley is also loaded with minerals and dietary fibers, which is very helpful in controlling blood cholesterol. Parsley is often eaten to take care of menstrual irregularity and if chewed raw it helps counter the problem of bad breath.


 


The Word Of Caution


Though the herb has great nutritional values, there are a certain situations where the consumption of Parsley should be avoided.


 


1 It is not advisable for pregnant women to consume Parsley.


 


2 Patients, who are suffering from kidney or gall bladder problems, must avoid the use of parsley.


 


3 Parsley oil may prove to be toxic, if consumed in isolation.


 


With these parsley facts handy, I’m sure you are ready to reap some more benefits out of those tiny leaves. Go ahead and add both health and flavor to your food with that bundle of Parsley.


 


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