What You Should Know
Fennel is an aromatic plant commonly used in Italian dishes, noted for its delicate, flavorful taste and thin texture. It commonly grows in the Mediterranean but is only grown in other areas of the world, including Canada and Southeastern Asia, but is mass produced around Italy, where it is popular with chefs and cooks. Fennel contains a low carbohydrate count, ample amounts of Vitamin C, and is considered an important herb in various low-carb diets because of its nutritious, low-carb value. Recently diet companies have utilized Fennel in supplements that claim to cure IBS while helping dieters lose weight.
Fennel is a widely available, nutritious plant used heavily in culinary dishes, but it also being used in supplements because of these same properties. Some even claim Fennel can promote weight loss, along with curing several digestion-related diseases. Although the use of Fennel may contain nutritional benefits, some question the legitimacy of its dietary benefits.
Fennel contains Thiamine, Riboflavin, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Vitamin B6, Folate, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Zinc, and Manganese. It also contains seven grams of carbohydrates and three grams of dietary fiber.
Several diet companies claim that Fennel regulates digestion, resulting in weight loss. There is sufficient evidence that Fennel helps normalize digestion due to the chemicals contained in its extract form. It may be a safe supplement for treating constipation, although these statements are only backed by herbalists. No studies have revealed any dietary benefits, however, and these appear to be only undocumented claims made by various diet companies. Its nutritious value should not be underrated, however, and it often suggested it is a potent flavoring agent for spicing up low-carb meals. There are also no known side effects associated with Fennel, which is a rarity. Most herbs contain some unpleasant side effects.
- Fennel is considered a low-carb herb that is often used in low-carb meals to add flavor.
- Is available in most grocery stores.
- May not contain any provable dietary benefits, and is not shown to promote weight loss.
- It is only shown to help aid digestion when used in extract form.
- Some types of Fennel may be expensive.
Fennel is a flavorful herb that is the center of most Italian dishes, and low-carb diets have also recommended its use because of its vitamin-packed low-carb content, a plus for most low-carb dieters. No studies have proven it contains significant dietary benefits, however, and may not contain enough benefits suitable as a standalone supplement. It is wise to add herbs to a diet to boost the nutritious value of the meal, but there are currently no proven dietary properties associated with it.