In many dishes, parsley is just a garnish. After seeing all the benefits this humble leaf has, you may consider finding new ways to sneak it into your diet!
The reason why parsley is such a common garnish is that not only is it pretty, but parsley actualy freshens the breath when you chew it. It also reduces gas, improves digestion, and can even reduce the body odor caused by eating garlic. Garlic is really good for you so this is a nice way to mitigate it’s odorous effects.
Parsley is a mild diuretic, too. If I eat a small handful of it, it clears up the fluid in my legs quite nicely. Parsley root has a much stronger effect.
On top of that, parsley is rich in vitamins and minerals!
Parsley contains Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol), Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Pantothenic Acid, Phosphorus and Zinc, and is a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Folate, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium, Copper and Manganese.
You could: Add it to pesto or other green sauces Chop it up and sneak it into soups and casseroles Put it into vegetable juices Chop and sprinkle into salad Chop and hide in pizza toppings
Or you can do what I do and just eat a handful, like a barbarian!