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Parsley & Weight Loss

author image Matthew Lee
Matthew Lee has been writing professionally since 2007. Past and current research projects have explored the effect of a diagnosis of breast cancer on lifestyle and mental health and adherence to lifestyle-based (i.e. nutrition and exercise) and drug therapy treatment programs. He holds a Master of Arts in psychology from Carleton University and is working toward his doctorate in health psychology.
Parsley & Weight Loss
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Parsley is extremely low in calories and high in nutrients, including vitamins A, C, B-9, K and iron. Parsley is a also rich source of cancer-fighting antioxidants and can be included in a sensible weight loss diet as a garnish or a nutrient-dense ingredient in recipes. However, adding parsley to your daily food intake does not ensure you will lose weight.

Nutrient Density

You can obtain a lot of nutrients by adding 1/2 cup of fresh parsley to a green smoothie or salad. Cook it into stews, soups, pasta dishes and mashed potatoes, or use it in place of basil in pesto. The same amount of parsley provides from 10 to over 53 percent of your daily intake of iron, vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin B-9 and over 400 percent of your daily vitamin K. There are only 11 calories in 1/2 cup of fresh parsley, so it's a low-calorie, nutrient-dense option when you're trying to lose weight.

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Medication Interaction

If you're taking an anti-clotting medication, check with your doctor before adding parsley to your diet because the high vitamin K content of parsley can interfere with the effects of the drug.

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