Turnips might be some of the most underestimated vegetables yet, and they are not commonly eaten on their own. With 1 cup of cooked turnips providing1.11 g of protein, 3,1 g of fibre a number of important vitamins and minerals and very little fat, it’s a wonder why these vegetables aren’t incorporated into our meals more often. Here’s a look at some of the health benefits turnips offer.
Turnips lower blood pressure
Studies have shown that foods containing dietary nitrates, such as collard greens and turnips, can have a number of vascular benefits. These benefits include reducing blood pressure, inhibiting platelet aggregation and preserving or improving endothelial dysfunction. Turnips also contain potassium, which is believed to decrease blood pressure by releasing sodium out of the body and helping arteries dilate.
Turnips help weight loss and digestion
Turnips and other cruciferous vegetables are higher in fibre which helps to keep you feeling full for longer. They are also low in calories. The fibre content in turnips also helps to prevent constipation and promote regularity for a healthy digestive tract. Recent studies have shown that dietary fibre may also play a role in regulating the immune system and inflammation, which would decrease the risk of inflammation-related conditions.
Turnips help lower the risk of and fight cancer
Since the 1980’s, consuming high amounts of cruciferous vegetables, including turnips, has been associated with a lower risk of cancer. More recent studies suggest that the sulforaphane compound that gives cruciferous vegetables their bitter taste might also be what makes them active against cancer. Foods containing sulforaphane could potentially be an integral part of cancer treatment in the future.
Turnips help with intestinal problems
High fibre diets have been linked to a lower risk of intestinal problems, such as colorectal cancer and diverticulitis. Turnips and other high fibre foods can help reduce the prevalence of flair-ups of diverticulitis by absorbing water in the colon and making bowel movements easier to pass.
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