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Radishes for Good Health

Hubby and I were watering our tiny garden this morning. We picked a radish each, a teeny not-even-as-big-as-a-toothpick carrot, and nibbled on some parsley. Why only one radish? I researched radishes this week, and found out they are super-good for prostate (hubby's problem), anti-cancer, and they fight free radicals.
French Breakfast Radishes
from www.rareseeds.com

 
Radish (Raphanus sativus), Fresh, raw,
Nutrition Value per 100 g,
(Source: USDA National Nutrient data base)
PrincipleNutrient ValuePercentage of RDA
Energy16 Kcal1%
Carbohydrates3.40 g3%
Protein0.68 g1%
Total Fat0.10 g<1%
Cholesterol0 mg0%
Dietary Fiber1.6 g4%
Vitamins
Folates25 µg6%
Niacin0.254 mg1.5%
Pyridoxine0.071 mg5.5%
Riboflavin0.039 mg3%
Vitamin A7 IU<1%
Vitamin C14.8 mg25%
Vitamin E0 mg9%
Vitamin K1.3 µg1%
Electrolytes
Sodium39 mg2.5%
Potassium233 mg5%
Minerals
Calcium25 mg2.5%
Copper0.050 mg5%
Iron0.34 mg4%
Magnesium10 mg2.5%
Manganese0.069 mg2.5%
Zinc0.28 mg2%
Phyto-nutrients
Carotene-ß4 µg--
Carotene-α0 µg--
Lutein-zeaxanthin10 µg--
 

Health benefits of radish (from: http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/radish.html)

  • Since ancient times, Chinese believe that eating radish and other brassica group vegetables such as cabbage, cauliflower, and napa-cabbage would bring wholesome health.
  • They are are one of very low calorie root vegetables. Fresh root provides just 16 calories per 100 g. Nonetheless; they are a very good source of anti-oxidants, electrolytes, minerals, vitamins and dietary fiber.
  • Radish, like other cruciferous and Brassica family vegetables, contains isothiocyanate anti-oxidant compound called sulforaphane. Studies suggest that sulforaphane has proven role against prostate, breast, colon and ovarian cancers by virtue of its cancer-cell growth inhibition, and cyto-toxic effects on cancer cells.
  • Fresh roots are good source of vitamin C; provide about 15 mg or 25% of DRI of vitamin C per 100 g. Vitamin C is a powerful water soluble anti-oxidant required by the body for synthesis of collagen. It helps the body scavenge harmful free radicals, prevention from cancers, inflammation and help boost immunity.
  • In addition, they contain adequate levels of folates, vitamin B-6, riboflavin, thiamin and minerals such as iron, magnesium, copper and calcium. 
  • Further, they contain many phytochemicals like indoles which are detoxifying agents and zea-xanthin, lutein and beta carotene, which are flavonoid antioxidants. Their total antioxidant strength, measured in terms of oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC value), is 1736 µmol TE/100 g.

We decided to eat at least one radish a day for as long as they will grow. BUT we are also going to harvest extras, slice thinly, and dehydrate to powder. They are super-hot when they grow large, so we plan to use them when we want heat in a dish, like instant turkey taco meat.

Also great to make "horseradish" sauce or cocktail sauce!

Suggestion: grow some!

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