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Is pizza sauce containing parsley high in Vitamin K?

I have been using your web site information since going on Coumadin (warfarin) about a year ago. It's been very helpful to me and my wife for adjusting my diet to this medication that I will be on for the rest of my life (artificial heart valve).

I read on one of your replies about parsley being in certain dishes and not combining too many in one day. That made me wonder: how much parsley is in pizza sauce? Is it bad to have 3 slices of pizza for dinner? Should I be more wary about my weekend treat of pizza?

Dr. Gourmet Says...

Pizza Margherita

This is a really tough question. If there's parsley listed in the ingredients in your tomato or pizza sauce, it could contain a fair amount of Vitamin K.

Your best choice is to make your own tomato sauce and not use any parsley. For convenience you can look for a tomato sauce that doesn't have herbs in the ingredient list.

Timothy S. Harlan, MD, FACP, CCMS
Dr. Gourmet