The consumption of parsnips has potential health benefits. They contain antioxidants such as falcarinolfalcarindiol, panaxydiol, and methyl-falcarindiol, which may potentially have anticancer, anti-inflammatory and antifungal properties.[20] The dietary fiber in parsnips is partly of the soluble and partly the insoluble type and comprises cellulosehemicellulose, and lignin. The high fiber content of parsnips may help prevent constipation and reduce blood cholesterol levels.[21]


The parsnip, Pastinaca sativa, is a root vegetable closely related to carrot and parsley; all belong to the family Apiaceae. It is a biennial plant usually grown as an annual. Its long, tuberous root has cream-colored skin and flesh, and, left in the ground to mature, it becomes sweeter in flavor after winter frosts.

Parsnips are a great vegetable to help add vitamins, minerals, fiber and phytonutrients to your diet. One-half cup of cooked parsnips provides a good source of folate and vitamin C and about 3 grams of fiber – all for less than 60 calories! They also add some heart-healthy potassium to your diet