How does Parsley help in shedding pounds?
The flat or curly Parsley Leaves which you normally mince and use as a garnish to enhance the flavors of your food; are extremely rich in nutrients like fiber and low in calories which makes it a great intake product for people aiming for weight loss!
Low in Calories
1 cup of parsley has only 22 calories, 0.47g of total fat and 34mg of sodium, which indicates that it a low-calorie, low-fat, low-sodium way of enhancing flavor. While the serving (1 cup) may seem extremely high, it is worth noticing that it is used as a major ingredient in many cuisines, like Mediterranean. Replacing the extra tbsp of olive oil with 119 calories as a garnish with parsley can actually help you lose weight over a period of time.
High Fiber Content
Fiber, which is an essential nutrient for people aiming for weight loss, is found in abundance in these green leaves. Chopped parsley leaves contain about 2 grams of fiber per 1-cup serving. Though it is natural to assume that this is a low amount, it’s important to consider that a cup of parsley takes up just 1 percent of the calorie intake in 2,000-calorie diet. If you consume a single serving of parsley you can fulfill about 5-8% of the daily recommendation for dietary fiber, which has numerous benefits, including helping you feel fuller with less food, reducing the chances of overeating. Parsley can also help you meet your recommended daily intake of vegetables, which is between 2 and 3 cups per day.
Apart from being rich in fiber, parsley has high amount of iron ( 1 cup has 3.7 mg iron), which helps your body produce red blood cells. Parsley is also rich in vitamin K (1-cup serving has 984 mg ), which helps with blood coagulation. Further, it also contains natural antioxidants, including vitamins A, C and E. Antioxidants help protect your body’s cells from damage from environmental toxins and free radicals, which are produced as a side effect of your metabolism. While these nutrients do not directly aid in weight loss, they do help you stay healthy as you lose weight.
How To Use?
Apart from using this vegetable for garnish, there are several ways in which you can use it and let it contribute towards weight loss — add 1/2-1 cup of parsley to every serving of salad, use it is smoothies, double its quantity while using it as a garnish — are a few of the most common options.
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