Radishes Are an Overlooked Veggie That's Good for Weight Loss


Radishes with Shrimp and Asparagus on a Citrus Salad

Root vegetables are popular this time of year but one bright red crucifer often gets overlooked. Unlike its popular cousins (broccoli, spinach, green beans, kale, cauliflower, turnips and Brussels sprouts), radishes are often left on your plate as a flowered decoration or forgotten in depths of your salad bowl. Fact is, the radish has a host of health benefits as well as an amazing array of flavors that can be quite satisfying to the palate. Plus, there are numerous varieties in different sizes, flavors, shapes and colors. Since radishes germinate quickly and can be ready to eat within a month, so this tasty fresh vegetable is a great addition for the backyard or boxed garden. In fact, radishes are useful companion plants as their pungent odor can deter many common garden pests.

The radish is an ancient vegetable that was grown in Egypt before the pyramids were built and was mentioned in Chinese writings as early as 2700 B.C. The Greeks and Romans preferred to grow them as large as possible (Guinness World Record is 68 lbs. 9 ounces) and served them sweet with honey or pickled in vinegar. In today's culinary world, radishes are still popular shaved and added to salads but dishes with grilled or roasted radishes provide unique textures and bring out the veggie's mellow sweetness. They are an easy-to-cook 10-minute treat in a 425-degree oven on a baking sheet with light olive oil, fresh herbs and sea salt.

Radishes are very filling and one cup contains only 16 calories. They are a good source of vitamin B6, magnesium, copper, riboflavin and calcium as well as being rich in potassium, folic acid and ascorbic acid. They are low in digestible carbohydrates, high in roughage and contain a lot of water, making radishes a very good dietary option for those who are determined to lose weight. Radishes also contain an important antioxidant compound, which is a proven cancer fighter. They remove unwanted substances from the liver to prevent jaundice, and perform other healthful tasks like purifying the urinary systems, regulating blood pressure, relieving congestion, and preventing respiratory problems such as asthma.

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