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Rutabagas Vegetable Health Benefits

Rutabagas are cruciferous vegetables which are often confused with turnips, although there are noticeable differences. Rutabagas are larger, part white and part purple, with creamy orange flesh and ribs near the stem, and with a sweet flavour when roasted.

 

Nutty and sweet with a mild turnip-like flavour, rutabagas can be roasted, sautéed, baked, fried, boiled, mashed, and added to soups and stews.

 

They also can be eaten raw as a snack or grated into salads or coleslaw. Rutabagas are an excellent source of vitamin C, potassium, and manganese, and a good source of fiber, thiamine, vitamin B6, calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus.

 

All these provide such a combination of nutritional benefits as to promote healthy function throughout the body, while protecting from heart disease and cancer.

 

Dietary fiber functions in a variety of ways in the body, but primarily it improves digestion by bulking up stool and preventing constipation and gastrointestinal distress.

 

Staying regular is an essential part of your overall health and also helps in weight loss efforts.

 

Vitamin C is the major vitamin present in rutabagas, and a single serving contains more than half of the required daily allotment of vitamin C in our diet.

 

Vitamin C is essential for many bodily processes, including the stimulation of the immune system to produce white blood cells.

 

Beyond that, vitamin C is a necessary element in the production of collagen, which contributes to the development and healing of skin tissue and muscles, as well as blood vessels.

 

Rutabagas also provide a source of zinc, an essential mineral that forms a central component of a range of enzymes.

 

The mineral helps make up zinc finger motifs, specialized domains found within several proteins that help stabilize each protein’s overall structure and help support its activity.

 

Proteins containing zinc play a role in your immune system function and metabolism, and they provide protection from physiological stress.

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