The Facts of Fennel

Background

With its white bulb bottom, celery-like stalk, and feathery leaves, fennel is a member of the parsley family. Fennel originated on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, and is often used in Italian cuisine, where both raw and cooked fennel can be found in side dishes, salads, risottos, and pastas. This vegetable has an anise-like (or licorice) flavor [i].

 

Nutritional Value & Health Benefits

Fennel is a good source of vitamin C, an antioxidant which may protect cells from free radical damage, and potassium, which helps manage blood pressure [ii, iii, iv]. Fennel is low in calories and high in fiber, which may aid in weight management, as foods rich in fiber promote satiety.

 

Ways to Eat

Fennel can be incorporated into many different types of meals. Soups and salads are popular fennel features, but fennel can also be roasted, as well as added to pasta dishes, sandwiches, and even desserts. Try including this vegetable in your favorite recipes for a unique taste, and look out for our Savor Cooks recipe of the month, starring fennel.

 

References:

[i] Fennel. Retrieved from http://www.bismarcknd.gov/DocumentCenter/View/493/Fennel?bidId=

[ii] Fennel, bulb, raw. Retrieved from https://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/3023/2

[iii] Vitamin C. Retrieved from https://www.mskcc.org/cancer-care/integrative-medicine/herbs/vitamin-c

[iv] How Potassium Can Help Control High Blood Pressure. Retrieved from http://www.heart.org/en/health-topics/high-blood-pressure/changes-you-can-make-to-manage-high-blood-pressure/how-potassium-can-help-control-high-blood-pressure

Jenna Koroly, MS, RD, CDN

Jenna is a Registered Dietitian with a Master's of Science in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology from Teachers College, Columbia University. She has a passion for nutrition therapy for oncology patients, and has been a part of the Savor Health team since October, 2016. She gained further clinical knowledge in oncology while performing nutrition assessments at Northern Westchester Hospital and Amsterdam Nursing Home as a Dietetic Intern. Jenna also has a strong interest in sports nutrition and altering body composition through delicious whole foods and exercise. As a graduate student and Dietetic Intern, she worked with collegiate athletes at St. Francis College and Columbia University.

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