Cilantro is a bright green herb that’s used frequently in Mexican, Asian, and Middle Eastern dishes. It adds a refreshing citrusy and peppery flavor to meals but does it also add health benefits? It does! Let’s take a look:
🌱Vitamins and Nutrients
While it brings brightness in flavor and color, cilantro also adds a good mix of vitamins and nutrients to whatever it’s in. A quarter cup (golf ball-sized) serving yields 16% of your daily value of vitamin K (to boost healing and bone health) as well as 5% of your vitamin A and 2% of your vitamin C. Those can help keep your immune system strong.
🌱Low in Calories
More good news - all the vitamins mentioned above will only cost you 1 calorie!
Cilantro actually belongs to the same family of plants as carrots, so they contain some of the same antioxidants - beta carotene and lutein being a couple of them. Another group of antioxidants called polyphenols have been shown to reduce inflammation and prevent cell damage to help reduce the effects of aging.
There’s a genetic variant that around 14% of the population has that makes them highly sensitive to a compound in cilantro called aldehydes. This sensitivity causes cilantro to taste more like soap or dirt to them, so keep in mind not everyone has the same experience with it!