Nutrition and DietFennel: properties and benefits of a highly digestive food

Fennel: properties and benefits of a highly digestive food

Fennel bulb properties: a food full of benefits for digestion and the liver, with antioxidant nutritional virtues and extremely rich in vitamins and minerals.

Although fennel is popularly known as a medicinal plant that is especially beneficial for different digestive and stomach disorders (in fact, great infusions for constipation and digestives can be made with it, such as the wonderful fennel tea), the truth is that the fennel has a thick bulb that is extremely crunchy when bitten, with which delicious recipes can be made.

In fact, it becomes an ideal vegetable to enjoy wonderful salads to mitigate the heat that, for example, tends to do during the summer months, thanks to its cooling power, as well as being light and extremely rich in water.

Like any vegetable, if you are going to consume the fennel bulb, it is best to keep it in the refrigerator, having to consume it in a few days, since as the days go by it loses flavor.

Most important fennel benefits

The fennel bulb is a part of the plant that provides interesting benefits and nutritional properties.

When cooked, its flavor is very reminiscent of anise, standing out for being a refreshing vegetable with a certainly sweet touch.

Regarding the benefits of fennel, it is a vegetable with a high content of antioxidants, helping in the prevention of a wide variety of diseases, including cancer.

One of the compounds that we find in fennel is Anatole, which is capable of reducing inflammation, while helping to prevent the appearance of cancer, thanks precisely to its antioxidant virtue.

Regarding the nutritional benefits of fennel, it stands out for being a food extremely rich in vitamins (especially vitamin C and vitamin B3), or minerals such as potassium and selenium.

It provides diuretic properties, so it is useful against fluid retention and to purify our body. It is also interesting as a digestive treatment, helping in case of gas and flatulence.

Nutritional qualities of fennel

Calories 35 kcal.
Protein 2.5 g.
Carbohydrates 5.7 g.
Total fat 0.2 g.
Fiber 3.4 g.
Vitamins Minerals
Vitamin A 784 ug. Sodium 85 mg.
Vitamin B1 0.20 mg. Potassium 495 mg.
Vitamin B2 0.10 mg. Calcium 108 mg.
Vitamin B3 0.2 mg. Match 50 mg.
Vitamin B6 0.10 mg. Magnesium 49 mg.
Vitamin C 95 mg. Iron 2.5 mg.
Vitamin E 6 mg.

 

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