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Health Benefits of Turnip Greens
Don't Throw Away Those Turnip Tops
Don't throw away those turnip tops they are good for you. It is sad to think that one of our most nutritious dark green leafy vegetables sources is generally just thrown out with the trash. It is turnip greens.
Turnip greens are generally chucked out in the trash rather than eaten as a side dish at supper. The top leafy portion of the turnip plant tends to be very misjudged as to its importance as a food source. I am hoping to help stop this practice.
Turnip greens provide high levels of antioxidants and they are indeed proving themselves to be a vegetable that is very beneficial in the fight against heart disease, lung diseases such as emphysema, as well as many forms of cancer and arthritis.
Turnip greens may be of special benefit to those who suffer from Rheumatoid arthritis as it has high levels of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Calcium and Copper which all have been proven beneficial in the fight against Rheumatoid arthritis.
Diets high in antioxidants are proving to have a great contribution in the fight against a number of illnesses. Cancer, stroke, cardiovascular disease and arthritis are just a few of the many illnesses that can have their symptoms reduced simply through the consumption of a diet rich in antioxidants.
Do you eat the turnip and throw out the green?
Do you eat the turnip greens?
Such a Waste of Valuable Nutrients People Often Keep the Root but Chuck the Greens of Root Vegetables
Low in Calories Yet high In Vitamin K and A
Most people know that the turnip root is edible but a great many individuals have no knowledge what-so-ever about the top leafy portion of the turnip plant so they wrongfully presume that it is indigestible. It often winds up in garbage cans or compost piles all across the country and we lose a very valuable source of nutrition.
A single one cup serving of turnip greens will contain a mere twenty-eight calories but will supply a multitude of vitamins and minerals within it.
Ranked in order of their prominence within the greens are the nutrients Vitamin K, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Folate, Manganese, Calcium, Copper, Vitamin B6, Vitamin E, Tryptrophan, Potassium, Magnesium, Iron, Vitamin B2, Phosphorus, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B5, Omega-3 fatty acids, Protein and Vitamin B3.
Traditional Southern Style Turnip Greens Recipe
Delicious and Nutritious Turnip Greens - Add Them To Your Meals Today!
So please don't throw them away. The greens are easily steamed or boiled so they can then be served up as a tasty side dish with your meal.
Simply serve the cooked Turnip Greens with melted butter and season to taste with salt and pepper and you have a nutritious vegetable dish. They can be also be used as an "add in" to almost any casserole, vegetable, or rice dish, and serve to add a little spark of color in addition to their nutritional boost to the meal.
If saving the greens for future use it only takes a two minutes boiling time to blanch then pop them into a bag and into the freezer so they are available for future meals. They freeze well for several months.
When a food is this healthy it really is a crime to waste it. Make sure your turnip plants gets used to it's full potential, from its root to its top, enjoy.
Eat healthy. Live Well.
They are Highly Nutritious but Many People are Unaware They are Edible
Were You Aware that the Tops are Edible?
A Food This Nutritiously Good Should be Consumed.
Most Leafy Green Vegetables are Very Healthy
We seem to naturally know that if it is a leafy green vegetable that it must be healthy for us but somehow when it comes to root vegetables we seem unsure as to whether the tops are edible or not.
Both beet and turnip have this problem. The roots are generally used for meals but often the greens are trashed in the preparation process. Don't do it.
Give those greens a try either raw in a salad or cooked just as you would swiss chard. The burst of flavor and nutrition in these tops will have you saving them in the future.
© 2008 Lorelei Cohen