With countless nutrition associated with this organic superfood, it’s a small wonder why radicchio is known as one of the healthiest leafy vegetable. Pliny the Elder referred to it as the Venetian lettuce with a powerful blood purifying qualities.
This cabbage looking organic superfood is very popular in Italy because of its versatility and nutrition. It was also in Italy where its modern cultivation started in the region of Veneto way back in the 15th century. Only in the 1980’s that radicchio became popular in the United State and was first grown commercially in California in 1981. A perennial leafy vegetable made up of white vain with purple or red leaves that tastes bitter and spicy.
Nutrition-wise, Radicchio is a powerhouse of vitamins, minerals, dietary fibers and assortment of other essential nutrients needed by your body. A wonderful organic superfood with its wine-red, bitter flavored leaves supplies your body with selenium, phosphorus, potassium, calcium as well as vitamin A, C, K, and E. Fat free and with zero cholesterol, Radicchio is also low in cholesterol. It likewise holds some unique compounds like zea-xanthin, a carotenoid that can help prevent macular degeneration and lactucopicrin, a bitter substance that gives out an analgesic and sedative effect.
Let’s take on some of the health and medicinal benefits that this amazing organic superfood can offer you.
It increases your body’s ability to convert food which is the key to quickly burn your body fat. Its rich content of fiber helps you digest your food and we all know that a healthy gut makes all the difference in the body’s protection against toxins. It also helps manage your weight as it makes you feel full longer, keep your blood sugar level, hence minimize risks of cardiovascular disease as it contain a healthy amount of inulin, it helps your digestive system in breaking down fats and amino acids by aiding your body in producing bile. Radicchio is also found to be very effective in purifying the blood and in toning the liver.
While this organic superfood is clearly great in our diet, most people find radicchio too bitter when eaten fresh. But there are ways of reducing the bitterness: one is by soaking it in ice water for about 30 minutes before mixing it with your salads or slaws, and another one is by cooking it and adding sweet ingredients like honey or raisins which further reduce the bitterness.
All this incredible health benefits may make you consider including this organic superfood for your next week’s grocery list. Always keep in mind that healthy living is all about balance and a lifestyle change.
Choose fresh, clean, organic superfood. Buy local. Stay healthy.
The article written here is for educational purpose only and is not meant to provide any medical advice. If you have an illness or medical condition, it would be best to consult first with your health care provider or family physician before undertaking any course of treatment.
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