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Turnip Health Benefits

Turnips are nutritious root vegetables sought after in a variety of cuisines across Europe, Asia, and Eastern American regions. Turnips are very low calorie root vegetables; contains only 28 calories per 100 g. However, they are very good source of anti-oxidants, minerals, vitamins and dietary fiber.

 

This root vegetable usually sold bunched or topped. In the markets look for fresh roots that are small, firm, round and impart delicate sweet flavour.

 

Avoid larger as well as over matured roots as they are woody in textured and excess in fiber that makes dishes unappetizing.

 

The inner flesh of this vegetable is white in colour with tinges of purple to pink to red whereas the skin colour of the root bulb depends on the amount of sunlight it receives and is usually white.

 

These vegetables are generally conical in shape but sometimes they can also be round shaped. Turnips are an important source of calcium and potassium which are vital for healthy bone growth and maintenance.

 

Regular consumption of turnip inhibits joint damage, risk of osteoporosis and the incidence of Rheumatoid Arthritis. It is also an excellent source of calcium, a mineral that supports the body’s production of connective tissues.

 

Turnips are low in calories and hence, can form part of an effective weight loss program. Their high fiber content on the other hand regulates metabolism, controls body weight and supports a healthy and active colon.

 

Turnips are a great source of calcium and potassium, essential minerals for healthy bone growth and helping to prevent bone diseases such as osteoporosis.

 

One cup of mashed turnips contains about 27 mg of vitamin C, an antioxidant. Adults should consume between 75 and 90 mg of vitamin C daily for women and men, respectively to support tissue repair and immunity.

 

Turnips also provide most of the B vitamins, including riboflavin, thiamine, niacin, folate and pantothenic acid. One cup also has 0.2 mg of the 1.3 mg of vitamin B6 you need daily.

 

The B vitamins help with fat, carbohydrate and protein metabolism; nervous system function; and healthy skin, hair, eyes and liver.

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