anise , scientific name Pimpinella anisum , is an evergreen plant that belongs to the Apiaceae family and is widespread in the Mediterranean and the Middle East.
Its seeds are used as spices.
What are the nutritional properties of anise?
In 100 grams of anise seeds there is an intake of about 337 calories . In the same quantity there are also:
- 9.54 g of water
- 15.90 g of fat
- 50.02 g of carbohydrates
- 17.60 g of protein
- 311 IU of vitamin A
- 21 mg of vitamin C
- 3.060 mg of vitamin B3 (niacin)
- 0.797 mg of vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid)
- 0.650 mg of vitamin B6
- 0.340 mg of vitamin B1 (thiamine)
- 0.290 mg of vitamin B2 (riboflavin)
- 10 µg of folate
- 1,441 mg of potassium
- 646 mg of calcium
- 440 mg of phosphorus
- 170 mg of magnesium
- 36.96 mg of iron
- 16 mg of sodium
- 5.30 mg of zinc
- 2,300 mg of manganese
- 0.910 mg of copper .
Good is the presence of anethole , a molecule that provides the typical aroma of anise, and other essential oils, such as limonene .
When should you not eat anise?
The consumption of anise can create interfere with the intake of hormonal contraceptives , estrogen and tamoxifen . If in doubt, it is best to seek advice from your doctor.
What are the possible benefits of anise?
The anise seeds are often used in traditional medicine to treat respiratory problems such as bronchitis , coughs and asthma , and digestive, such as indigestion, bloating, flatulence , colic and nausea .
The essential oils obtained from the squeezing of its seeds have antispasmodic , antiseptic , digestive , expectorant , tonic and stimulating properties . Furthermore, atenol appears to exert an action similar to that of estrogen .
As for the nutritional point of view, anise is a good source of antioxidants (vitamin C, vitain A and manganese) and molecules that ensure the proper functioning of the metabolism (B vitamins), the health of bones and teeth. (calcium, magnesium and phosphorus), good cardiovascular health (calcium and mono and polyunsaturated fats) and the production of red blood cells (iron and copper).
What are the contraindications of anise?
There are no known contraindications to the consumption of anise .