Radish nutrition facts. Okay, you probably have the idea that radishes are good for you. Am I right? I mean, they are vegetables. But what specific nutrients and benefits do radishes confer that other vegetables don't? Read on to find out!
Like most veggies, radishes are low in calories, sodium, fat, and cholesterol, and high in fiber. The fiber content is important, because most of us don't get enough of it each day. Believe it or not, there just aren't a lot of high-fiber foods at McDonald's! I know, crazy, right? And getting fiber is important for a few reasons. For one, it can help lower your LDL cholesterol, which may lower your risk of heart attack or stroke. And two, it helps keep you full, which means you're less likely to overeat and more likely to maintain a healthy weight.
High in Sugar?
(You might read that many of the calories in radishes do come from sugar, which is a known diet-buster; and this is true. But in this case, the amount is too small to really worry about. A serving of 100 grams of radishes will only net you 15-20 calories and about 2 grams of sugar. You won't be needing a new belt anytime soon with those calories.)
Here's a more detailed list of some radish nutrition facts: radishes contain riboflavin, vitamins C and B6, calcium, potassium, folate, magnesium, copper, and manganese. Now, they're not present in super high amounts. The highest percentage of your daily recommended value you'll find in radishes is vitamin C, and they only give you about 30% of that. All the other vitamins and minerals I've listed above are present in smaller amounts (less than 10%) in radishes.
Verdict: radishes are good for you. Duh. They grow in the ground, don't they? But they're not exactly a superfood. If your main objective is health, you probably won't want to make radishes a daily staple. They're better suited as a once-in-a-while item; something to add a little variety to your plate in terms of color, taste, and consistency.
That is, unless you're some kind of crazy freaking radish nut. If that's the case, go ahead and munch on radishes to your heart's content, radish nut! You have nothing to lose by chowing down on these bad boys.