Radish is a root crop with a lot of juice and strong or sugary in taste. It is often added to salads and eaten uncooked, heated, or preserved. This vegetable from the Brassica family comes in many shapes and colours. It may be white, purple, or black and larger and oblong in shape. Though some of us might not like radish, we must be aware that it comes with a host of health benefits.
Radish And Diabetes
In a study published in the Journal of Nutritional Science and Vitaminology, results showed that Japanese radish sprouts also referred to as daikon, lowered blood sugar levels in diabetic rats (1).
A review in 2017 looked at the link between radishes (its root juice, extract, and sprouts) and diabetes. Experts have found that radish has a potent antidiabetic activity. It seems to lower down glucose absorption in the intestine and promote glucose uptake, which reduces blood sugar levels. Results demonstrated that this humble veggie’s protective effects are likely related to its ability to improve the body’s antioxidant defense mechanism and positively impact hormonal-triggered glucose changes (2,3).
Radish is also a good source of fiber. Aside from keeping our digestive system moving, fiber helps in managing blood sugar levels. A half-cup serving of radishes contains 1 gram of fiber (4).
Other Health Benefits Of Radish
- Wipe out fungus. It is a natural antifungal agent
- Keep us hydrated as it contains high amounts of water.
- Support a healthy heart because of its flavonoid content.
- High in potassium which can help lower blood pressure.
- Help boost immunity and energy.
Delicious Ways To Incorporate Radishes Into Our Diet
- Add sliced radishes to salad greens for some crunch, or sauté, steam or boil them for a tasty low-calorie, low-carb vegetable side dish.
- We can also add some grated radish to a vegetable salad and then add some lemon juice into it for an extra zing.
- Radish soup is a good way to consume radish too.
- Add thin radish slices to sandwiches.
- Pickle them like you would cucumbers.
Other Foods That May Help Manage Diabetes
- Leafy greens
- Chia Seeds
- Apple Cider Vinegar
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