Parsley: Does it Cure Bad Breath?

Posted by Charlotte Miller on

Herbs like parsley are just for garnishing and adding flavour – right? Oh golly no! Here at We Feed You, we’ve been studying the nutritional benefits of parsley (which is in season right through the year).  And we thought you’d be interested to know a few herbaceous facts:
- Parsley is rich in vitamin K, which is important in blood clotting and also bone health.  In fact, studies have shown that a high vitamin K intake is associated with a significantly reduced chance of fracture (200% in fact).
- Parsley contains one of the highest concentrations of a compound called myricetin  - which is a powerful flavonoid (a type of antioxidant) that fights disease and inflammation in the body.  It’s been shown to help prevent various cancers and control blood glucose levels.

But does parsley live up to its reputation as a cure for bad breath? We’re sorry to say here that researchers who’ve looked into this particular folk remedy have found little evidence that it works. Studies show that while parsley may have some small initial effect on halitosis, this is just a masking effect, and doesn’t translate to the elimination of the volatile sulphur compounds that cause bad breath.
But hey! Parsley does bring some pretty impressive nutrition to the table, so don’t save it just for that final sprinkle. You’ll find parsley starring in plenty of the We Feed You range of meals, like our: 

  • Chicken and Eggplant Pasta
  • Tomato and Basil Baked Fish 
  • Roast Pumpkin and Grain Salad
  • Middle Eastern Beef



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