Dill, a member of the carrot family1,is a functional food because it has health benefits beyond basic nutrition. Dill is a green herb with a mild flavor some relate to pickle, parsley, and even licorice. It makes a great topping for tzatziki sauce, potatoes, carrots, or any mayo-based salad.
What makes dill so healthy?
Dill is an anti-microbial, anti-fungal, and anti-oxidant.2 This means dill is powerful at fighting infections. It has also been shown to:
improve metabolism of fats
help you extract energy from food
aid in digestion
help with depression
reduce menstrual cramps2
It can even act as a bug repellent!2
Try some dill on your next meal for an easy health boost.
1 USDA. Anethum L. dill. Natural Resources Conservation Service. Retrieved July 20, 2017 from https://plants.usda.gov/core/profile?symbol=ANETH
2 Axe, J. (2016). 8 surprising dill weed benefits. Dr. Axe: Food is medicine. Retrieved Feb. 22, 2017 from https://draxe.com/dill-weed/