Daikon aka Winter Radish - 6 reasons why you don't want to ignore it (recipe included)

Daikon health benefitsDaikon is a mild-flavored winter radish usually characterized by fast-growing leaves and a long white napiform root. Daikon is native from the Southeast or continental East Asia and is harvested and consumed throughout the region, as well as South Asia. Here are the 6 benefits of Daikon. 

1. Alleviates inflammation

Daikon juice’s anti-inflammatory properties can help decrease inflammation throughout your system, which may lead to a healthier heart, lower gout and arthritis risk and reduced pain from injuries and muscle cramping. 

2. Promotes Respiratory Health and Busts your Immunity

The daikon radish possesses anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties, which make it excellent for maintaining the health of the respiratory tract and lungs.

3. Promotes Digestion (and are great for type 2 Diabetics)

Daikon radishes contain enzymes such as amylase and protease, which promote the breakdown of carbohydrates and proteins especially. Daikons are also rich in fibre, which is extremely beneficial in the maintenance of healthy bowel function and constipation prevention, helping retain water in stool and bulking matter so it transits easily through the digestive tract.

4. Maintain Blood Pressure Levels

Daikons contain potassium, a mineral important in the regulation of blood pressure and blood vessel health.

5. Promote Healthy Pregnancy 

Folate is one of the most important nutrients to ensure a healthy pregnancy, with a single daikon root supplying approximately ¼ of your recommended intake. 

6. Preserves Health Of The Brain And Nervous System

Regular consumption of daikon will help you meet your folate requirements, and reduce the risk of neurodegenerative diseases such as #Alzheimer’s and #Parkinson’s from occurring.
Getting more daikon radishes in your diet should be easy, as their mild taste and texture make them quite versatile. Here is an easy and super healthy recipe for you.

Thai Citrus Salad with Daikon, Carrots, and Snap Peas 

 
 Course: Appetizer, Salad, Side Dish
 Cuisine: Asian, Thai
 Prep Time: 30 minutes
 Total Time: 30 minutes
 Servings: 4 -6

Ingredients

  • 1 large daikon julienned (~2 cups)
  • 1 medium carrot julienned (~1 cup)
  • 1/4 cup chopped scallions
  • 1/4 cup diced red pepper
  • 1 cup blanched halved snap peas
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 2-3 tablespoons chopped cilantro

Instructions

  1. Place all the prepared vegetables in a large bowl.
  2. In a measuring cup or small mixing bowl, whisk together the lime zest, lime juice, ginger, and sesame oil.
  3. Pour dressing over vegetables, season with salt and pepper, top with cilantro and toss.

 

Recipe by: https://jessicalevinson.com/thai-citrus-salad-with-daikon-carrots-peppers-and-snap-peas-recipe/



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