Benefits Of Chives


Chives belong to the same plant family as onions, garlic, shallots, and leeks. They have long, hollow, grass-like stalks that get up to about 24 inches long. They generally grow in clumps. When the stalks are eaten they have a light but oniony flavor.

The Latin name for chives is Allium Schoenoprasum. When left to flower, they develop light lavender, pom-pom-like flower. Chive is the name given to the smallest species of the onion family, which also includes onions, garlic, shallots and leeks. Chives can usually be seen in clumps and their stalks have a light, onion flavor. The leaves of chives are used, after shredding, as condiment for fish, potatoes and soups.

Nutritional Value of Chives

Given below is the amount of nutrients in 100 gm of Chives:

· Vitamin A – 4353 IU
· Vitamin A – 218 mcg
· Phosphorus – 58 mg
· Potassium – 296 mg
· Selenium – 0.9 mcg
· Sodium – 3 mg
· Zinc – 0.56 mg
· Protein – 3.27 gm
· Fiber – 2.5 gm
· Water – 90.65 gm
· Carbohydrate – 4.35 gm
· Lipids (Fats) – 0.73 gm
· Energy – 30 Kcal
· Vitamin B6 – 0.138 mg
· Niacin – 0.647 mg
· Riboflavin – 0.115 mg
· Thiamin – 0.078 mg
· Vitamin C – 58.1 mg
· Vitamin E – 0.21 mg
· Vitamin K – 212.7 mg
· Calcium – 92 mg
· Copper – 0.157 mg
· Iron – 1.6 mg
· Manganese – 0.373 mg
· Magnesium – 42 mg

Foods high in vitamin K such as vegetable chives typically are associated with low cancer risk. Despite the fact that the anti-vitamin K drug warfarin might reduce the risk of cancer under certain circumstances, no evidence suggests that avoidance of vitamin K (from food or from supplements) would in any way help protect against cancer.

Chives are low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol, and Sodium and high in Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium, Copper, Manganese, Thiamin, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Phosphorus and Zinc. The organosulfur compounds they contain inhibit tumor growth and cell proliferation, and arrest the cell cycle in tumor cells. Allium vegetables, including chives, especially have a protective effect against both esophageal and stomach cancer as well as prostate cancer. The highest antioxidant activity in chives is observed in the leaves, which are also rich in flavonoids.
The nutritional value and health benefits of chives makes them ideal for maintaining optimum health and weight loss. Don’t include too many chives in your diet if you’re interested in weight gain..

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