Chlorophyll

Please note, the following list of edible plants does not include chlorophyll. This is because chlorophyll is easy to recognize -- any plant that is green contains chlorophyll. The health benefits of chlorophyll are many, from giving you fresh breath to helping prevent cancers. Some good examples of foods that contain high levels of chlorophyll are spinach, parsley and basil.

Though chlorophyll is extremely important to human health, there isn't much publicity surrounding it. This is probably due to economics:

  1. Chlorophyll has not been duplicated in the laboratory.
  2. Chlorophyll is best grown "at-hand" and consumed fresh.**

Therefore, there is little money to be made from exploiting chlorophyll's virtues. However, there are great social benefits to be gained by consumers demanding chlorophyll. Why not grow some today?


**The shelf-life of fresh chlorophyll is short. Cooking (especially long cooking) changes and reduces chlorophylls. Consumption of both raw and shortly steamed chlorophyll is recommended.

WARNING: Watch out for the green stuff under the skin of some stuff... like potatoes and cucumber. That green stuff (also found in the eyes of potatoes) is a poison called solinine.

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