The food portion and size I chose from the USDA website was one cup of raw parsnip slices. The reason I chose parsnips was because I have seen them while grocery shopping, but was unsure what they were. They resemble cream colored carrots with roots. What are Parsnips (n.d) states that parsnips are vegetables that have sweet flavor, and are great in soups, or served by themselves as side dishes. This portions size approximate weight is 133 grams.
According to the USDA Nutrient Data Laboratory (2009) one cup of raw parsnip slices contains 23.93 grams of carbohydrates. The total lipids (fat) are .40 grams, and the proteins are 1.60 grams in this portion size. There are 100 calories in one cup of raw parsnip slices.
I knew parsnips were healthy, but was surprised there are so many vitamins and minerals in this portion size even if some are in small amounts. Vitamins contained in one cup of raw parsnip slices are the following: Vitamin C, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B-6, Folate, and Vitamin A.
Some of the minerals contained in this portion size are Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium, Zinc, Copper, and Selenium. One cup of raw parsnip slices has other nutritional components as well. One of these nutritional components is 6.5 grams of Fiber.
One cup of raw parsnip slices contains 105.77 g of water. Water is important for life because it helps to regulate the body’s temperature, and helps flush toxins out of the body. Nicholson (2000) states that numerous studies say at least one gallon of water should be consumed daily by the average adult weighing anywhere under 200 pounds to keep the body functioning properly.
The highest category of biological molecule in one cup of raw parsnip slices is carbohydrates. This portion size contains 23.93 grams of carbohydrates. Deshpande (2010) describes the structure of carbohydrates as “organic compounds made up of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen.” Carbohydrates are the main energy... [continues]
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