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Fabulous Fennel!


An important component of the food culture of Mediterranean countries[i], fennel is such a TREAT for the taste buds and the body!

With its crunchy, celery-like texture and slightly sweet, licorice-like taste, fennel is a flavourful and nutritionally powerful addition to a recipe, whether it be a juice, salad or dessert!

As part of the Umbellifereae family, fennel is closely related to parsley, dill, carrots and coriander, and the bulb, stalk, leaves and seeds are ALL edible![ii]

Key Health Benefits:

  • Dietary fiber – fiber is critical in the diet, working to remove potentially carcinogenic toxins from the colon[iii]

  • Vitamin C – assists with neutralizing “free radicals” in the body (uncharged electrons that move freely through the body, causing oxidative, cellular damage); antimicrobial

  • Potassium – assists in lowering high blood pressure

  • Folate – converts a dangerous molecule (homocysteine) into other, benign molecules[iv]

Due to its unique combination of plant nutrients/compounds, fennel provides strong antioxidant activity for the body, therefore reducing inflammation to assist in preventing the occurrence of cancer.[v]

In addition, fennel assists with relieving the challenges associated with a number of health-related conditions, including:

  • Anemia

  • Indigestion

  • Intestinal gas

  • Constipation

  • Colic

  • Diarrhea

  • Respiratory disorders

  • Menstrual disorders[vi]

Recipe: Fennel, Cucumber & Ginger Juice

Ingredients (makes approx. 1 cup):

1 bulb fennel (including the stalks)

1 cucumber

1“ ginger

Preparation:

Wash all produce well and chop into pieces of appropriate size for the juicer at hand.

Juice ingredients, stir and enjoy!

Recipe: Green Fennel Juice

Ingredients (makes approx. 2 cups):

1 bulb fennel (including stalks)

1 cucumber

2-3 stalks celery

1 apple

1” ginger

½ lime

Preparation:

Wash all produce well and chop into pieces of appropriate size for the juicer at hand.

Juice ingredients, stir and enjoy!

Why Juice?

Juicing is a fantastic way to make a nutrient-dense beverage in just minutes! Juicing, unlike blending ingredients together, extracts the fiber, making the invaluable nutrients more bio-available (more readily and easily able to absorb) for the body. In this state, the nutrients the juice contains are absorbed into the bloodstream within seconds. For those who need to be careful about their fiber intake, there is no need to be concerned about fiber in this circumstance.

*Note: It is more preferable to juice organic produce. When juicing conventional produce, you are creating a very concentrated form of any and all pesticides the produce contains.

ENDNOTES

[i]-[v] The World’s Healthiest Foods: Fennel. Retrieved May 11, 2016 from http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=23

[vi] Organic Facts: Unbiased Info on Nutrition, Benefits of Food and Home Remedies – Health Benefits of Fennel. Retrieved May 11, 2016

from http://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/herbs-and-spices/health-benefits-of-fennel.html

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