Foremost among health benefits of Parsnips are its cardiovascular and anti-diabetes properties as it controls diseases at the initial stages, besides helping in controlling bad cholesterol. This is also an anti-depressant, promotes growth, and strengthen the immune system of the body. It helps normalize blood pressure regulation and keeps cardiovascular and general health in fine shape.
What is Parsnip?
Parsnip is a root vegetable grown mostly in Europe and Asia. This can be included in the carrot and parsley family. A biennial plant wherewith long and tuberous parsnip grows under the soil in its roots. It is grown for its fleshy, edible, and cream-colored taproots. You can eat raw it like carrots and can cook too in several ways. Its contents are vitamin and mineral-rich that make it a vegetable to look for its immense benefits.
Parsnip – a reservoir of nutrition
Parsnips are anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer besides being rich in healthy ingredients:
Minerals– Potassium, Manganese, magnesium, zinc, and iron
Vitamins- Vitamin B, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K
Parsnip contains (100 gm) – 75 calories, 80% water, 5% sugar, 1% protein, 0.3% fat, and 5% dietary fiber.
Antioxidants- Falcarinol, falcarinol, Panaxydiol, and Methyl-falcarinol
Ensures Cardio Vascular Health
Parsnip is heavily laden with potassium which acts as a vasodilator, a compound that prevents contraction of veins and arteries (heart disease). The blood pressure remains in check because of this, enabling the heart to function normally, it’s a de-stressor also. Parsnip always got a raw deal by health enthusiasts who focused on certain fruits and veggies, now they understand its true health benefits.
Supplies a fine source of fiber
Parsnip is a fair source of soluble fiber that helps reduce bad cholesterol in the circulation system, which helps control diabetes also. The fiber present in it has immense benefits for the stomach related ailments, beginning from constipation. The fiber helps the food to pass smoothly through the intestines.
Birth defect risk diminishes
Regularly eating Parsnips reduces neural tube birth defects in infants because of the presence of Folate. This also helps mothers to get away from depression before and after the delivery.
Supports Weight management
People trying various foods for weight reduction should try this for weight loss. The contents present in parsnip prevents Ghrelin’s secretion that is a hunger hormone. After having this, one eats less than what is eaten in the whole day, this helps control the body weight.
Fortifies Immune system
Parsnip is an excellent source of vitamin C & E present and that helps the body to get rid of free radicals. Vitamin C is instrumental in producing white blood cells that boost the immune system and keep off harmful microbes away. This also keeps out cancerous cells and boosts the overall power to fight the diseases.
Growth and body development
Adding protein to the parsnip based recipe will make it complete nutritional food. The protein contents are very low in parsnip but other contents are rich to make it a wholesome food. Replace junk snacks like potato chips etc. with turnip based snacks. This will bring about a balance in the diet which will help in warding off the diseases and help immensely in body growth. The side dish or main course, the turnip can be cooked in a variety of tastier ways. You can be bake parsnip with potato or bacon, creamy parsnips, in a salad, soups, and curries, etc.