Chive Health Benefits, Nutrition and Herb Facts

Health Benefits of Eating Chives

  • Allicin Helps Lower Cholesterol

    Like onions and garlic, chives are a great source of allicin, a compound that is effective in reducing bad cholesterol and improving good cholesterol levels. This is important to prevent heart disease as well as to lower the risk of stroke.
  • Excellent Anti-Cancer Attributes

    Cancer prevention is one of the crucial health properties of chives. The herb contains an abundant of antioxidant flavonoids such as organosulfides, which are anti-inflammation and anti-cancer. Eating chives assist your body to produce glutathione, which is able to detect cancer-causing substances and get rid of them.
  • Powerful Anti-Inflammation

    The merits of flavonoids in chives also include their anti-inflammatory properties. Laboratory tests have confirmed the contribution of chives in decreasing the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Protect against Atherosclerosis

    Health advantages of chives can also be related to high folate content. Scientific studies have shown that foods loaded with folate lower the levels of homocysteine and further reduce the chance of developing atherosclerosis.
  • Amazing Antibacterial Capabilities

    Here is another incredible health fact of chives: Chives are useful in combating and eliminating no less than 30 strains of salmonella, a type of bacteria that are known to cause problems in digestion.
  • Cure Constipation

    Chives are packed with dietary fiber. Research has linked health effects of fiber-rich diet to lesser problems of constipation, hemorrhoids and diverticular disorders.
  • Beneficial to Eyesight and Skin

    On top of many health purposes mentioned above, chives are enriched with beta-carotene, which can be converted into vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A is an essential vitamin which enhances your vision and promotes skin health. 

Facts about Chives

Fresh Raw Chives

Chives (scientific name Allium schoenoprasum) are long, thin green leaves that can grow to between 15 and 50 centimeters. Certain chive varieties contain leaves that are flat, while the rests are tubular. They look like scallions or green onions, but are a little thinner. Among the most popular species of chive include garlic chives and Siberian chives.

Chives tend to lose their flavor whenever they are cooked, so they are mainly used raw as a garnish. They are also added to stir-fry dishes during the final few minutes of cooking. The herb can also be used to flavor vinegar, oil and butter. 

Chive Nutrition Facts and Calories

Nutritional Value of 1 tablespoon (3 g) Raw Chives (Chopped)
Calories 1 kcal
Total Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 0 mg
Total Carbohydrates 0 g
Dietary Fiber 0 g
Sugars 0 g
Protein 0 g


Chive Recipe

Chive Fries Recipe

  • 4 potatoes, cut into the shape of French fries
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • 40 ml parmesan cheese, grated finely
  • 40 ml fresh chives, sliced thinly

Preheat the oven to 400F. Toss potatoes with a little oil and salt. Arrange the potatoes in a single layer on an extra-large baking sheet. Bake for 45 minutes or until the fries turn golden brown. Remove and toss with the parmesan and chives. Serve. 

Chive Side Effects

Chive is usually safe when taken in food amounts. Excessive intake of chives may lead to an upset stomach.

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