Although parsnips look very much like carrots except for the color, this pale root vegetable has in fact more vitamins, minerals and nutritional value than its closest cousin.
What are the vitamins and minerals you can find in parsnips? A lot.
Potatoes are closer to parsnips when it comes to nutritional value. However, parsnips have fewer calories and protein-content than potatoes (which makes it a good choice for people on a die), but more B-vitamins and folic acid.
Parsnip is also a great source of fiber, folic acid, vitamins C, B6, and E, copper, manganese, niacin, magnesium, thiamin, potassium, pantothenic acid, riboflavin and much more.
To help you imagine how nutritious parsnips are, here are the specific amount of vitamins and minerals you will get out of one serving—which is about 133 grams—of raw parsnips:
Carbohydrates ~ 23.93 g
Fiber ~ 6.5 g
Calories ~ 100 g
Protein ~ 1.60 g
Calcium ~ 48 mg
Magnesium ~ 39 mg
Phosphorous ~ 94 mg
Potassium ~ 499 mg
Vitamin C ~ 22.6 mg
Vitamin K ~ 29.9 mcg
Folate ~ 89 mcg
Vitamin E ~ 1.98 mg
What can these vitamins and minerals do for our body?
Vitamin C for instance, can help our bodies boost the immune system which makes us less prone to diseases and infections. It also aids the body’s digestive system so it can function properly.
Folic acid, on the other hand, is not just an important vitamin for pregnant women so they can avoid birth defects, it also helps reduce the chances of having heart-related diseases.
Fiber in parsnips lowers bad cholesterol and aids in the regulation of bowel movement while potassium helps the kidney function normally.
Parsnip is a sweet and nutritious root vegetable that can be a great addition not just on the dinner table but in your diet as well.