3 Unique Ways to Eat Radishes

Radishes have more benefits than many people know about. They’re much more than a nutrient-rich root vegetable with a pungent flavor. Young radishes are relatively mild, becoming hotter as the radish matures. They’re loaded with potassium, folate, fiber and a small amount of protein. They’re also low in calories, with only 12 calories per 1/2-cup serving. These veggie delights are typically harvested in spring, summer and winter. The winter radishes are larger and have a stronger flavor than smaller spring or summer radishes.  Radishes make a terrific garnish and perfect grated accent to salads. They also taste great baked or prepared as crispy radish chips.

Have you been overlooking the radishes on the produce isle? Here’s some yummy reasons you may want to pick up a few on your next trip to the market:

1.) Radishes contain fiber. Studies show that adding fiber to your diet lowers your risk of diabetes, heart disease, diverticulitis and colon cancer.

2.) Radishes contain amylase, the enzyme the body uses to digest carbohydrates. The Japanese often add radishes to carbohydrate-concentrated meals to help digestion.

3.) Radishes are composed of a whopping 95 percent water. The hydration radishes provide aid in healthy intestinal waste consistency, important for regular elimination.

4.) Radishes are low in calories. Try replacing some of your regular snacks with raw radishes and watch how filling and yummy they are.

5.) Radishes have a low glycemic index, which may help you to lose weight. The glycemic index of a food is based on how long it takes to break down and digest in the body. Foods that have a high glycemic index break down quickly and can cause a rapid rise in blood sugar after a meal. The body reacts by releasing more insulin to counteract the high blood sugar.

Try these radish recipes the next time you’re craving something yummy.


1. Pesto, Radish, and Sea Salt Crostini by RealSimple.com


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2. Sauteed Radishes and Radish Greens by Cookforseasons.com


3. Haylie Duff’s Watermelon, Radish and Avocado Tacos

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