Dukan Diet Cruise Phase Vegetables: Radishes
Until yesterday when I was writing a post for another site that I’ve just started on the topic of Heartburn I knew hardly anything about this humble vegetable other than they are usually red and round, I like them in my salads and don’t like them when they’ve gone to seed and are woody.
I was researching radishes because they are an Ayurvedic treatment that is sometimes prescribed for reducing acidity and heartburn and what I discovered astonished me. I had no idea just how good for us this vegetable is. As radish is one of the 28 permitted vegetables allowed in the Cruise Phase of the Dukan Diet I thought it made sense to provide the information that I’d found.
I’ve already explained that radishes are prescribed to treat heartburn and acidity but they also have a few properties that make them an excellent aid to losing weight:
- They are high in fiber. The insoluble fiber helps you feel full for longer and helps prevent constipation.
- They are good for our kidneys and have a diuretic effect helping prevent water retention
- They are low in calories. A cup of sliced radish has just 23 calories.
- They are high in Potassium. This mineral can help with muscles cramps that sometimes are suffered when dieting.
- They are high in folic acid, Vitamin C and anthocyanins which provide an anti-carcinogenic benefit.
- Because of the Vitamin C, Zinc, Vitamins B and phosphorus contained in radishes they are highly efficient in helping to treat skin conditions.
- Radishes contains sulphur based chemicals that help detoxifying the body by regulating the flow and production of bilirubin and bile. They are good for our liver and gall bladder.
- The high Potassium content can help reduce blood pressure.
- They are also good are clearing mucus and congestion and can help reduce a fever.
- They are anti-bacterial and anti-fungal.
- The juice can be used to sooth and reduce the pain and swelling from insect bites and stings.
- You can make your radishes more crunchy by soaking them in ice cold water for one or two hours before serving.
- If you juice radishes, the juice should be consumed immediately or some of the beneficial properties are lost.