Do you eat fennel? If you don’t, this fennel with orange salad recipe is a great place to start. Packed with flavor and crunch, this salad is perfect for those days when you want something refreshing, tasty and super simple to make.
Health benefits of fennel
Fennel, aka Foeniculum vulgare, is not only a delicious licorice-like tasting perennial herb but one that also happens to be highly nutritious and packed with potential health benefits.
Just one cup (87g) of sliced fennel contains about 3 grams of fiber, 17% of your Daily Value (DV) of Vitamin C, 6% DV of Folate, and 10% DV of Potassium.
In fact this herb, including its seeds, have long been used in traditional eastern medicine for various ailments.
Most commonly fennel is believed to:
- Aid in digestion, helping to reduce bloat and gas.
- Help increase women’s breastmilk supply — although most accounts of this are anecdotal.
- Possibly help to reduce primary dysmenorrhea pain.
- Help decrease inflammation due to anti-inflammatory phytonutrients such as, anethole. Note: Anethole is also believed to have anti-cancer properties that help stop breast cancer cells from growing. According to one study published in the journal Phytomedicine, “anethole may be viable as an anti-cancer agent through the modulation of apoptosis, cell survival and proliferation in breast cancer cells.”
Although more clinical research needs to be conducted around the health benefits of this plant there is no doubt that this is one tasty herb you want to be including in your diet.
So, let’s get cooking!Print
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