The humble radish is finally being embraced as more than a colorful garnish for salads. One of our earliest garden vegetables, radishes are crispy and pungent when eaten raw, nutty and sweet when roasted and make excellent pickles. Radish greens are an excellent, flavorful addition to salads! And they are nutritional gems that deliver 7% of your daily fiber requirements in a single cup, 29% of your vitamin C, 7% of folate, and 8% of your potassium needs, along with lesser amounts of a host of nutrients including B vitamins, calcium, magnesium, manganese and zinc! All for 18 calories per cup!
And that's not all!
Eaten raw, shredded in summer soups or roasted ... fresh radishes are a great addition to your spring menus!
- Radishes contain phytochemicals and anthocyanins, known for their anti-cancer properties. They're also a good source of vitamin C, an antioxidant that prevents free radical damage to your the DNA while helping your body produce collagen, a protein that protects and strengthens blood vessel walls.
- Radishes are rich in potassium, which helps control high blood pressure.
- Radishes support the body's ability to eliminate toxins, thereby supporting liver and stomach health. They also regulate bilirubin in the blood and increase the oxygen supply in the body.
- Radishes high fiber content helps maintain a healthy colon.
- Low in calories and high in fiber, radish are a great addition to any healthy weight loss or maintenance program by increasing satiety.
- A great source of vitamin C and antioxidants, radishes protect your skin against free-radicals and premature aging!
- Natural diuretics, radishes offer excellent support for kidney health while helping flush toxins from the body.
- Radishes also contain glucosinolates --sulfur-containing compounds only found in cruciferous vegetables -- that are thought to lower the risk of cancer by protecting your cells from the genetic mutations that cause cancer.