Radishes are root vegetables that are grown in most regions worldwide. They are typically red, purple, or white in color. In India, they more often look like a white carrot. They have a crisp texture with a peppery flavor that can be described as crunchy or crispy. Radishes are usually eaten with salt and pepper or dipped in a hot sauce like ketchup, mayonnaise, or mustard.
Radishes have been cultivated since antiquity for both their roots and leaves that can be eaten raw or cooked in various dishes around the world.
Health Benefits of Radish
Radishes are not only a delicious addition to any meal or side dish, but they also provide many health benefits. They are crunchy and refreshing vegetables that are well complemented by the sweetness of honey. Radishes are also an excellent source of Vitamin C, Folate, Potassium, and Vitamin B6, low in calories, high in dietary fiber as well as being good for your digestion.
Here is the nutritional profile of 100 grams of raw, sliced radishes.
- Calories – 16
- Protein – 0.7 g
- Carbohydrates – 3.5 g
- Fiber – 1.64 g
- Fat – 0.09 g
The health benefits of radishes include:
Radishes are rich in vitamin C and contain over 100% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C per serving size. One cup of raw radish has about 7 milligrams of vitamin C, which is more than the recommended daily intake for women.
They are an excellent source of Folate, commonly known as Vitamin B helps in synthesizing the white/red blood cells in the bone marrow.
The cancer-fighting properties of radishes are because of their high levels of glucosinolate. These compounds stop tumor growth and prevent the development of new blood vessels that feed tumors.
Radishes are a great addition to your diet if you want to improve your digestion. They are rich in fiber, which helps the digestive system break down food and absorb nutrients.
The researchers found radish prevents type 1 diabetes by regulating blood sugar levels, reducing inflammation, and stopping autoimmune responses.
Radishes are a dominant source of vitamin C, which is essential for the production of collagen and elastin.
They are also rich in vitamin B6, which helps with the production of sebum, an oil that moisturizes the skin.
Radishes have high water content and they stimulate blood flow to the skin cells.
They help the body maintain healthy blood pressure levels by increasing the amount of potassium and folate in the diet.
Low cholesterol levels and fat content helps in managing weight.
Strengthens the immune system, helps in tissue growth, and repair.
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