Turnips, Are They Good for You?

Turnips are an under-appreciated vegetable when it comes to nutrition. Studies have shown that eating turnips can help protect you against strokes, heart attacks, chronic illnesses, various cancers and boost your immune system.

There are plenty of other health benefits of turnips, see the list below:

Turnips are:

  1. Rich in vitamin C.
  2. A great source of vitamin K.
  3. Rich in calcium.
  4. One of the most versatile vegetables.
  5. A great source of vitamins and minerals.
  6. Rich in potassium.
  7. A great source of fiber.
  8. A great source of magnesium.
  9. A great source of zinc.
  10. A great source of iron.
  11. A great source of phosphorus.

Turnips may provide anti-inflammatory effects against arthritis, cancer, chronic illnesses, can help control blood sugar levels, protect against harmful bacteria, protect your liver and bone health, and help to aid weight loss.

Turnips are good when consumed raw, as they contain a natural enzyme called inulin which assists with digestion and prevents bloating and flatulence. You can also boil them and drink the water which is beneficial for your health too, especially if you have a cold or flu-like symptoms.

A word of caution though, if you eat too many of them they can cause stomach pain, gas and bloating and they may interact with the thyroid hormone… so it’s best to seek medical advice if you have thyroid issues or problems with your digestion.


As you can see, turnips are a superfood and packed with nutrients, so why not try them today!

Have you already tried them? Did you enjoy eating them – do you think they are a good alternative to potatoes? We’d love to hear from you!

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