Dieting and Turnips

It’s so hard to eat right when there’s so many good food around – only, they make you fat.  But with turnips, you can forget about dieting, eat as much as you want to and not gain weight.


It Won’t Make You Fat, Just Healthy

Unlike potatoes which are packed with calories and carbohydrates, a cup of cooked turnips has about 34 calories only and five grams of carbohydrates.

Aside from being a low-carb vegetable, turnips don’t fall short with the essential vitamins and nutrients your body needs whether you’re under a diet or not.

You can get as much as 15 percent of the recommended daily allowance of Vitamin C when you eat turnips.  Eat it with other plant food source that is rich in iron and you’d increase the power of your body to absorb this vitamin.

Vegetarians know the value of this humble root crop in their daily diet.  Rich in phytochemicals, antioxidants and fiber, it’s truly amazing how turnips can fight- off cancer, promote good health, maintain proper digestion and blood glucose control while maintaining proper weight control.

Turnip as a Potato Substitute

If you love mashed potatoes but are on a low-carb/low-calorie diet, you can use turnip roots as a potato substitute.

It may not taste exactly like potatoes, but it sure tastes great. Just prepare it the way you do mash potatoes – boil, mash and with sour cream, some herbs and seasonings, you can make your own version of “mashed turnips.”

You can try roasting it in an oven and smear it with a little olive oil.  Or you can also cut the turnips in cubes, fry them in olive oil and add freshly picked turnip greens, sea salt, cracked pepper and bits of lean bacon for extra flavor.

You can eat it raw, peel it or not, use them in your salad, stew or soup, or whatever you can think of.  Having turnips in your diet can be fun and refreshing, but most of all, it’s also nutritious and non-fattening!

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One Response to “Dieting and Turnips”

  1. Mig says:

    Just to point out, vitamins help the body absorb minerals, not the other way around. Vitamin C helps the body absorb iron, vitamin D helps the body absorb and distribute calcium etc.