Turnips are root vegetables that are highly sought after especially in European, Asian and Eastern-American cuisines and for a good reason too! Mature turnips resemble potatoes in appearance and exude a bitter flavor that goes very well with sweet meats like pork. Young turnips are sweeter and are used raw in salads. Turnips are part of the Brassicaceae family and prefer temperate climates. Though most commonly grown for their bulbs, turnip greens and sprouts are edible and are more nutritious than the bulbs itself!
Health Benefits of Turnips and its Greens
Cancer Inhibition: Turnips contain high levels of antioxidants and phytonutrients that have been linked to reduction in cancer risk levels. The high amounts of glucosilonates in turnip greens are an excellent way of helping the liver process toxins and fight the effect of carcinogens, thus preventing the growth of tumors.
Maintain a Healthy Digestive System: Turnip greens contain good amounts of digestive fiber which promotes good functioning of the body’s digestive system. Dietary fiber can help regulate proper bowel movements, lessens risk of digestive problems and help remove excess cholesterol. Lower risk of obesity, strokes, heart diseases and hypertension has all been linked to having fiber-rich diets!
Healthy Heart: The anti-inflammatory properties of turnips are said to be helpful in preventing heart attacks and diseases. Folates and vitamin B are found in good amounts in turnip greens and are critical to maintaining good cardiovascular health.
Bone Health: Calcium and potassium present in turnips are essential minerals for the maintenance of healthy bone growth. Regular turnip consumption inhibits joint damage, lowers risk of osteoporosis and the occurrence of rheumatoid arthritis. In addition, the presence of copper in turnips boosts the production of connective tissues in the body.
Anti-inflammatory Properties: Turnip greens are a great source of vitamin K and omega 3-fatty acids; both are excellent anti-inflammatory agents. Vitamin K is a known regulator of the inflammatory response system in the body while omega 3-fatty acids are essential building blocks of the inflammatory system, thus helping in the reduction of diseases that result from chronic inflammations.
Anti-oxidative Properties: A wide array of important anti-oxidants are found in turnips such as vitamin C, vitamin E, manganese, beta-carotene, xanthin, lutein all of which help in bringing down the number of free radicals in the body. Thus inculcating turnips in your diet will help your body fight DNA damage and atherosclerosis, a condition that affects blood vessels.
Aid in Weight Loss: Since turnips are a low calorie nutrient rich food they are an excellent addition to a weight loss diet. The high fiber content boosts the metabolism too!
Nutritional Facts of Turnips (Raw)
Serving size- 100 grams
|Calories per serving 28Calories from fat 1||
% Daily Value*
|Total Fat 0 g 0%|
|Saturated Fat 0 g 0%|
|Cholesterol 0 mg 0%|
|Sodium 67 mg 3%|
|Total Carbohydrate 6 g 2%|
|Dietary Fiber 2 g 7%|
|Sugars 4 g|
|Protein 1 g|
Vitamin A 0%
Vitamin C 35%
*% Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Nutrition Values are based on USDA Nutrient Database SR18
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