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Don't Skip The Garnish: Italian Parsley Is Loaded With Good Things

Don't Skip The Garnish: Italian Parsley Is Loaded With Good Things

It seems that every recipe I make these days calls for chopped fresh Italian parsley to be sprinkled over the finished product. I will be the first to admit I have become a lazy cook and lately I've been skipping that final step. I've been going un-garnished. I was curious, by omitting this finishing touch, was I missing out on adding extra nutrients to my meals. It looks like the answer is yes; I have been short changing myself a bit.

This gem of an herb is chock full of vitamin K, vitamin A, folate, vitamin C, potassium, and fiber, like most green, leafy veggies. Italian parsley is also full of flavanoids containing antioxidant, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and anti-tumor properties. Most importantly, parsley of all varieties is high in volatile oils that inhibit tumor formation in the lungs, at least in animals. The activity of parsley's volatile oils qualifies it as a "chemoprotective" food, and in particular, a food that can help neutralize particular types of carcinogens.

With that knowledge I will take the extra minute or two needed to chop my parsley and toss it on my dish. How about you?

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sweetrae80 sweetrae80 8 years
parsley is so easy to grow too, i bought a packet at the grocery store a few months ago and now i have a flourishing plant!
SU3 SU3 8 years
Great ingredient for delishes recipes!
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
Just planted tons of Italian parsley in our herb garden--enough to share with the rabbits and still have lots for us.
pinupsweetheart pinupsweetheart 8 years
It is good to know. Usually you think that is a garnish and toss it aside.
krisua krisua 8 years
One of my favourite greens.
krisua krisua 8 years
One of my favourite greens.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 8 years
It tastes high in votile oils. But its far better than that other variety. At least it has favor, good favor.
JessNess JessNess 8 years
I LOVE LOVE LOVE Parsley!!!! It just looks so pretty sprinkled on top of things
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