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Health Bite: Radish


The humble radish is having a bit of a moment. Thinly sliced and slipped onto a plate with fresh greens, heirloom tomatoes, rainbow carrots, and BOOM, you've just made the perfect Foodstagram. But it's not just the colour we're loving. Radishes are loaded with good stuff that make you feel and look great...

The knobbly bits pack a peppery punch, that's complemented by more buttery ingredients such as avo. That it's eaten raw only enhances this flavour, as well as the benefits, which, thanks to natural compounds sulforaphane and indole-3, include its status as a anti-cancer food. A recent study found that radish sprouts 'can be regarded as a safe and promising new dietary source for decreasing the risk of developing cancer'. Yay, radish!

Being roots means they also have a high content of vitamin C, which means adding them to a salad when you're feeling a little under the weather is a good idea.

Plus, if you're on a diet, the fresh roots are very low in kilojoules, and a good source antioxidants, minerals, electrolytes and fiber.

So radishes are excellent, but seeing as how the last time you ate them you were force-fed by your parents, you might not be sure how to eat them. We're partial to adding them to our desk lunches, making the workday just a little brighter. But, hey, don't take our word for it. Check out how some of our favourite foodie Igers are eating them now...

 

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Are you eating a radish lunch? Let us know by tagging @houseandleisure in your Instagram!