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.
However radishes are also good for us in lots of other ways:
  • 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.
Radishes can be eaten raw or juiced or cooked lightly in a stir fry and as you can see from the photograph I chose to illustrate this post they can be used as an edible garnish.
Handy Tips
  • 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.

One Response to “Dukan Diet Cruise Phase Vegetables: Radishes”

  • Saleem on October 27, 2011

    hmmm, let me start takecaring of my self….:)

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