Why Radishes?

May 28, 2021

 by Thomas Sampson

Why Radishes?

Radishes are popular all over the world. They are GREAT tasting vegetables that belong in the same family as cabbages and cauliflowers. It is thought they originated somewhere in Southeast Asia.

Radishes can be eaten raw and they are a popular addition to salads. They are often included because their sharp pronounced flavor. They are also used in cooking and can be found as an ingredient in a wide variety of dishes.

Eating radishes also provide us with various health benefits. They are a good source of antioxidants like catechin, pyrogallol, vanillic acid, and other phenolic compounds. They also contain a good amount of vitamin C, which acts as an antioxidant to protect your cells from damage.

Here are the TOP 10 reasons YOU should toss a few radishes in your salads a few times a week.

  • Reduced Risk for Diabetes

Radishes help regulate blood sugar levels. They help to protect against insulin resistance and also contain coenzyme Q10, an antioxidant that helps block the formation of diabetes. 

  • Enhanced Liver Function

Radishes help the liver detoxify and heal against damage. They also contain compounds that help the kidneys flush out toxins.

  • Cardiovascular Improvement

Radishes are rich in antioxidants and minerals like calcium and potassium. Together, these nutrients help lower high blood pressure and reduce your risks for heart disease. Radishes are also a good source of natural nitrates that improve blood flow.

  • Rich Vitamin Content

Radishes are very low in carbs, Making them a great choice  for people monitoring their carbohydrate or sugar intake. (ALL OF US) ;) They are also VERY rich in several vitamins and minerals. 

  •  Calcium
  •  Vitamin C
  • Riboflavin
  • Niacin
  • Thiamine
  • Vitamin B6
  • Folate
  •  Potassium
  •  Iron
  • Manganese

Nutrition Facts

A half cup serving of fresh, sliced radish contains:

  • Calories: 9
  • Protein: 0 grams
  •  Fat: 1 gram
  •  Carbhydrate: 2 grams
  •  Fiber: 1 gram
  • Sugar: 1 gram
  • Cholesterol: 0 milligrams
  •  Sodium: 23 milligrams


So there you have it, radishes are packed with vitamins and minerals without many carbs or calories, they are a healthy vegetable to add to your diet. BUT what if you are some one who wants ALLLLLL the health benefits of Radishes but doesn’t care for the taste? Check out the Micro Greens from Future Farm Grown.

What is so neat about Micro Greens? You can season your foods with Micro Greens instead of eating having to eat the whole vegetable. AND you still get ALL the vitamins and nutrients of a whole size radish in Micro size.

Thomas Sampson CFL-3, Usaw-2, Sports Nutritionist