Fennel seeds (known as Saunf) are the main ingredients in our products. Not only do fennel seeds smell and taste amazing, they are a healthful snack! To learn more, read on.
What are they?
Fennel seeds come from the fennel plant (a flowering perennial plant species in the carrot family). Characteristics of the plant: feathery fronds, thick stalks that are fibrous and similar in thickness and texture to celery, and an emerald green color. The oval shaped seeds have a greenish color when fresh and a grayish brown or green color when dried.
Famous Flavor Profile:
Fennel seeds have a flavor similar to that of licorice. They are sometimes confused with anise as a result. Both have a mild licorice flavor. Fennel seeds are a highly aromatic spice and are considered a highly flavorful culinary herb. Throughout history, fennel seeds have been used in various dishes as well as to freshen the breath after a meal. Fennel is Native to the Mediterranean and is especially popular in French and Italian cooking. It is also a commonly used spice in Indian and North African cuisine. Use it in Chinese five-spice powder, seafood, stews, Italian sausage, marinara sauce, breads, and pastries such as cookies and cakes.
Fennel-y! You can banish the bloat naturally with SauFennel! It’s anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, & packed with fiber. These are properties that help with constipation (a lack of fiber). On the flip side, fiber adds bulk to watery diarrhea. So if you’ve got the runs, a spoonful of SauFennel could help slow the flow. Just 1 tablespoon has more than 2 grams of fiber — a key contributor to good digestion (For comparison, an entire apple has only 3 to 5 grams of fiber).
Eaten after a meal, fennel seeds are a powerhouse for helping to dispel gas and bloating. They may even relieve the bloating associated with IBS. The seeds have a carminative, or gas-reducing effect and can be brewed as tea as well. Consult your health care provider for recommendations on the safe use of herbal teas to treat your IBS symptoms.
Since ancient times, Fennel has provided a wide array of health benefits including antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-bacterial effects. Just one cup of sweet flavored fennel bulb contains almost 20 percent of your recommended daily value of vitamin C (critical for immune defense, tissue repair, and collagen synthesis), and plenty of iron, fiber, Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium, and vitamin K.
Fennel seeds provide the antioxidant properties that protect against cell damage caused by free radicals and external toxins. They contain powerful plant compounds called Polyphenol antioxidants. These antioxidants help lower the risk of diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and obesity.
One active compound in fennel called Anethole has shown to induce cell death in breast cancer cells.
The mineral in fennel is important for wound healing, regulation of blood sugar, enzyme activation, bone development, and cell protection.
Fennel is well known for its essential oil. When extracted, it has antimicrobial properties that could help keep gut pathogens in check — especially if your second wind is the result of food poisoning, foodborne pathogens such as Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus, or food sensitivity. The characteristic anise odor of fennel, which is due to its essential oil, makes it an excellent flavoring agent in baked goods, meat and fish dishes, ice-cream and alcoholic beverages.
The essential oils found in Fennel have been reported to show Antidiabetic activity and lower risk for type 2 diabetes.
Are they safe?
You will not experience side effects or toxicity from herbs that are from plants. Generally, the vast majority of herbal remedies are recognized as safe, and individual hypersensitivity is usually considered as the most common but controllable risk. Herbs/spices can offer you a wide range of safe and effective therapeutic agents that you can use as an integral part of your own health care program. Therefore, fennel seeds can contribute to disease prevention, symptomatic relief of minor ailments, and maximizing your health potential.
It is important to understand that while fennel is safe in moderation, there are concerns with concentrated doses. Fennel may be useful for menopausal women but concerning for pregnant women because fennel has strong estrogenic properties, mimicking the estrogen hormone, potentially leading to fetal growth and developmental disturbances. If you are pregnant, taking birth control or cancer medication, or certain antibiotics such as Cipro, you should consult with your doctor or pharmacist.
Disclaimer: This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.ADDITIONAL INFO
Dark Chocolate is a good unsaturated fat that’s packed with Iron, fiber, probiotics, and polyphenols. Dark Chocolate has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety. It is a natural way to satisfy your sweet tooth and crush sugar cravings, without the added sugar.
We source rainbow sprinkles that are vegan and gluten-free. Sprinkles are added to SauFennel for color and crunch. They don't contain FD & C artificial colors!!
Can’t have sugar?
Try our sugar-free version, Sugar-Free Momma, without the sprinkles.
Can’t have nuts?
Try our nut-free version, A Sweet Soiree, made without coconut and almonds.