A number of studies have shown that compounds in cilantro many of which can be found in other vegetables and in herbal supplements are good for cellular and cardiovascular health. Now, a study has determined that the herb, which is also known as coriander, may also minimize the smell of chitlins.
The report appeared in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, and it revealed that the molecule responsible for deodorizing this common Southern food is called (E,E)-2,4-Undecadienal. After isolating it , researchers found that it smells like flowers and can reduce the smell of chitlins at concentrations as low as 10 parts per billion.
Also called chitterlings, chitlins consist of boiled hog’s intestines. While they are a common meal in many parts of North America, they create a powerful odor during cooking. The study noted that adding cilantro to the mix significantly reduced the smell of chitlins.
According to the George Mateljan Foundation, cilantro also contains antioxidants, and it can help control blood sugar and vascular pressure, as part of a healthy diet.