Parsnips and Digestive Healing
I have been eating the diet that helps me feel the best-my anti-sibo and lower histamine diet. I just made up that name, by the way, but the science behind the diet is solid even if the name isn’t. 🙂 If you have IBS or SIBO then you may want to check out my SIBO post for more details on my diet.
One vegetable that is low in fermentation potential as well as being low in histamines is parsnips. Parsnips are also low in FODMAPs, moderately low in oxalates, and allowed on the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol. What this means is that most everyone can eat parsnips. Of course, don’t eat a 4 servings at a time-which I can be tempted to do when I get to eat new foods. (Note-if you are following the SCD or GAPS diet parsnips are not allowed).
Parsnips were something that I hadn’t tried yet, but knew they were a good vegetable to eat based on my SIBO research.
So, what can you do with parsnips? They are a root vegetable, so they are very versatile. You can roast them:
You can mash them:
You can even make them into noodles:
After finding these recipes, I decided I wanted to try parsnips made into baked “fries”. So, we recently made parsnips into fries, and tried 3 different combinations: Garlic oil and cayenne, garlic oil and Italian seasoning, and chives, parsley, pepper. I used palm shortening for the oil for all three different kinds. And of course I used salt for all three. One of my daughters didn’t like any of them very much. My other daughter liked all three of them. I think the Italian seasoning and garlic oil was the best!
I always want to keep it real with my readers, so I wanted to mention that my stomach bothered me in the early morning hours. Granted this was around 15 hours after I had eaten the parsnips. One source lists parsnips as moderate in FODMAPs, (though all the other sources said parsnips were low.) Maybe I ate too many and overdid the FODMAPs. Or maybe it was the moderate oxalate content? Or maybe it wasn’t the parsnips at all. Digestion issues can be tricky to figure out.
I can say that I know I am on the right track diet wise. I feel soooo much better than I did 5 years ago. Back then, I felt really bad a lot of the time. Most of the health issues that I had 5 years ago are gone now. Digestion is the main thing that I have left to work on, and I can tell that those issues are getting better also. So, I will be going back to my jasmine rice as my carbohydrate source for now, and I may or may not try parsnips again soon.
How about you? Do you enjoy parsnips? Are they part of your healthy diet?
Disclaimer: This post is not medical advice. You should consult your health practitioner before making changes in your diet or supplements. I am not a doctor or medical professional.
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