Winter radish or “Daikon” literally means big roots in Japanese culinary context. The napi-form root is a native to Continental East Asia. The common generic names for this vegetable are Oriental radish, winter radish and white radish. The United States Department of Agriculture officially names it as “Oil Seed Radish”. This crunchy root is grown as fallow crop in North America. Radishes are available in white, red, purple and black color.
- Nutritional value per 100g, raw
The vegetable is low in food energy as it contains only 76 kilojoules/18 calories. Active enzyme Mrosinase is present in Daikon.
- Carbohydrates – 4.1g
- Sugar – 2.5
- Dietary Fiber – 1.6g
- Fat – 0.1g
- Protein – 0.6g
- Vitamin B6 – 0.046mg
- Folate – 28ug
- Thiamine – 0.02mg
- Riboflavin – 0.02mg
- Calcium – 27mg
- Iron – 0.4mg
- Magnesium – 16mg
- Manganese – 0.038mg
- Phosphorus – 23mg
- Potassium – 227mg
- Sodium – 21mg
- Zinc – 0.15mg
Health Benefits of Radish
- Prevents jaundice
This salad vegetable is consumed in raw form which enhances the liver and stomach functions. Radishes are available in white, red, purple and black color. The black radishes are the best ones for the treatment of jaundice. It removes bilirubin and controls its level.
- Powerful detoxifier
The root is an excellent detoxifier as well. It purifies the blood by eliminating the waste and toxins present in it. It supplies fresh oxygen to the blood and helps in the reduction of red blood cells destruction.
- Protects the body from urinary disorders
The diuretic nature of radishes increases the production of urine. It can reduce the burning feeling during urination and cure inflammation.
- Weight Loss
Adding this wonderful vegetable to your daily diet can do wonders like weight loss without your calories running up. It satiates your hunger and is a best dietary option.
- Increases the regular bowel movements
The root has high fiber content with low glycemic index that enhances regular bowel movements. They have digestible carbohydrates with good amount of water.
- Enhances cardiovascular conditions
An excellent source of anthocyanins, the radish minimizes the cardiovascular disease. Radish has anti-inflammatory properties and other numerous minerals, vitamins which makes it a healthy vegetable.