August 23, 2011#BeautyDetox Tip: Parsnips contain a bevy of important nutrients, including vitamin C, vitamin E, fiber, pantothenic acid, copper, and manganese. They are also a great source of niacin, riboflavin, B6, thiamine, magnesium, folic acid and potassium.
The truth is that parsnips look like albino, anemic carrots. But looks can be deceiving! They are a great detoxifying vegetable, helping to clean out the digestive tract. They have a beneficial effect on the liver and are also slightly diuretic.
These types of starchy vegetables are not recommended to be eaten raw, though you could eat the very tender ones if you really want to. Parsnips are in season through fall and winter. I steam them in their skins until tenderized. Sure you may may lose some of the vitamin content by heating, but you will still benefit from the fiber and minerals, and I believe starchy vegetables digest best when they are cooked.