FENNEL: benefits and virtues of a low calorie vegetable

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Rich in fiber and low in calories, fennel is a good source of vitamin C and potassium. Better yet, this fragrant vegetable is ultra tasty!

Fennel, a fragrant vegetable rich in benefits and low in calories

Fennel belongs to the parsley family . High in fiber  and low in energy, a 100g serving of this vegetable provides 31 calories, 7g of carbohydrates, 3.1g of fiber, 1.2g of protein and 0.2g of fat. Fennel is more nutritious than celery because it also contains vitamin C in large quantities. A 100 g serving provides 20% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C.

Fennel also contains potassium, folic acid, iron and calcium . Its foliage also contains beta-carotene.

How to cook and prepare fennel?

Fennel has a delicately aniseed flavor. This vegetable is also prepared in various ways: raw in salad, braised or sautéed as an accompaniment. The fish baked on a bed of fennel branches is also delicious. All parts of this fragrant vegetable are edible: stuffed bulbs are a popular starter for vegetarians ; the chopped foliage is a nourishing and colorful decoration; the seeds serve as a condiment.

Promising benefits of fennel

This vegetable has many benefits and promising virtues. In addition to freshening breath , it could help treat colitis in newborns. However, consult your doctor before using foods or natural products during pregnancy, breastfeeding and in children.

According to the WebMD website, fennel is also recognized for other virtues, but scientific data remains insufficient for the time being. In  more scientific studies are needed to confirm these effects:

  • Constipation
  • Menses related to menstruation
  • Pilosity problems
  • Bronchitis
  • Spasms of the stomach
  • flatulence
  • bloating

Dr. Kimberly Seltzer

Postdoctoral Scholar, UC Berkeley Research Assistant, MIT

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