Radishes; is there anything more enigmatic of spring? As one of the first and fastest growing vegetables of the season, radishes offer a beautiful and delicious addition to your diet that is full of nutrients and health benefits. From garnishing a salad to eaten whole, the radish is a vibrant root that is significantly under-rated. There is a ton of variation within the radish family! The traditional, round radish you find at the store tends to come without the greens and has a sharper taste perfect for pickling. French radishes and some other varieties have an elongated shape with paler pink hues and a more subtle flavor. Different varieties include the stunning watermelon radish – which has a bright pink interior that is quite beautiful and tasty alone and as a salad. Radishes can be eaten raw, pickled, and one of our favorites – roasted, while the greens can be tossed with salads or sauteed. While humble, the radish is a versatile fellow who should be welcome at your table! Along with being delicious, the radish comes with a wide range of health benefits.
One of the many benefits of radishes is that they are exceptionally low in calories with no fat. Because they have a low sugar content, they make for a more calorie conscious snack than many other vegetables like carrots or peppers. Half a cup of radish has a total of 12 calories and no fat. If you’re looking for a crunchy snack full of flavor, radishes should be your new best friend.
High in Vitamins
Radishes are a small vegetable, while they contain high amounts of many vitamins, you won’t get a considerable percentage of your daily vitamin needs unless you’re eating wild numbers of them. That said, they do contain plenty of vitamin C as well as potassium, folate, niacin, riboflavin, calcium, magnesium, zinc, phosphorous, copper, manganese, sodium, and vitamins B-6 and K.
Great For Digestive Health
Fiber is a critical part of a healthy digestive system, and the radish has a significant amount of fiber. Fiber helps to bulk up waste as it moves through the digestive tract leading to more regular and effective bowel movements. While this may seem silly, it’s crucial for good gut health. Additionally, radish juice has been found to protect the tissue of the stomach and intestines by strengthening the mucosal barrier against microorganisms and toxins.
Last but definitely not least, radishes have been found to have an antifungal effect. This is caused by a protein called RsAFP2, which causes the cell death of several common types of fungus including Candida Albicans and Zearalenone – a fungus that affects corn crops.
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