Autumn is my favorite season/ I love it for many reasons but mostly because we can enjoy in delicious deep green, dark yellow and orange vegetables and fruit.
This colorful food is rich in disease-fighting phytochemicals and we need to include all seasonal fruit and veggies to keep our body and mind strong and healthy.
If you make them a regular part of your diet, you will continue to reap the nutritional benefits throughout the year, and we know who winter can be challenging for our health and mood.
Prepare yourself to reap the benefits of the fall food.
So, here are my top picks for the most delicious and healthy season.
Parsnips are related to carrots and parsley, often used as a substitute for carrots in dishes, and have been used as a sweetening agent before sugar. People used it as herbal medicine and often as an aphrodisiac as well.
This root vegetable is popular in the European cuisine for its sweet and delicate flavor, where it is eaten raw or boiled. But equally delicious when they are steamed, microwaved, boiled, roasted or sautéed. Prepare them as you wish.
They do not contain the same amount of vitamin E as carrots, but parsnips are rich in vitamin C, vitamins B and K, and are a great source of fiber. The significant health benefits of parsnips come from minerals. They contain high levels of potassium, magnesium, iron, calcium, zinc, and manganese.
Parsnips can help prevent certain health problems and depression, strengthen the immune system, lower blood pressure and protect the heart.
Good for the immune system
Parsnips are packed with antioxidant vitamins and thus can effectively protect the body from unwanted toxic products, stimulating the production of white blood cells that attack foreign microbes in our body.
Vitamin C and E eliminate and neutralize free radicals that can cause chronic diseases.
Protect the heart
Potassium acts as a vasodilator and reduces blood pressure. Together with folate that is present in parsnips, the vegetables can reduce homocysteine levels in the blood that are associated with a higher risk of heart disease.
Decrease the risk of developing diabetes
Parsnips are composed of soluble fiber, the fiber that is associated with reducing cholesterol levels and lowering the chance of developing diabetes.
Good for the healthy digestion
The rich fiber content in parsnips can facilitate healthy movement of food through the digestive tract and aid with constipation. This way the digestive organs are able to maintain optimum health, preventing other gastrointestinal disorders.
Aid in weight loss
High levels of soluble fiber in parsnips prevent the release of ghrelin, a “hunger” hormone. Thus if you include parsnips in your daily nutrition plan, there’s a small chance you will snack between meals.
How to choose parsnips?
For the best quality, look small to medium sized parsnips. Use it in recipes with carrots, potatoes or sweet potatoes.
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