Did You Know About Health Benefits Of Delicious Kohlrabi?

Kohlrabi: A Disease-Fighting, Phytochemical Powerhouse

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Kohlrabi … the name alone sounds kind of exotic and intimidating. Is it a car? Is it a city? Nope, it’s a vegetable! Correct pronunciation: coal-ROB-ee.

Before you get scared off — kohlrabi is delicious, super easy to prepare and loaded with healthy nutrients. Notably, it’s one of the top vitamin C foods, with more than 100 percent of your daily vitamin C needs being attained by consuming just one cup of kohlrabi!

Research has shown that the phytochemical content of kohlrabi makes it a powerhouse when it comes to fending off cancer, diabetes and high cholesterol while improving liver and kidney function. (1, 2)

What Is Kohlrabi?

You may have spotted kohlrabi at your local farmers’ market and wondered what on earth it was. More recently, kohlrabi has made its way to mainstream grocery store shelves, so thankfully it should be easier to find after your read this article (and you’ll definitely know what it is now)!

What does it even taste like? The taste of kohlrabi is similar to a broccoli stem, but milder and sweeter. Some also describe its taste as somewhere between a mild radish, cabbage and jicama.

Kohlrabi is a member of the same family (Brassicaceae) as the more well-known likes of kale, Brussels sprouts, broccoli and cauliflower. The whole kohlrabi plant is edible minus its slender root. The kohlrabi you purchase most likely is half bulb, half greens. The edible bulb or stem can be green, white or purple, depending on the variety. The leaves have a taste similar to collard greens, but less intense. Like its relatives, kohlrabi is loaded with phytochemicals that help prevent damage to the cells of our bodies and improve our overall health.

Kohlrabi Nutrition Facts

Kohlrabi (Brassica oleracea) is technically a form of cabbage. It’s native to Europe and is sometimes called a “German turnip.”

1 cup (135 grams) of kohlrabi (3, 4) contains:

36 calories
8.4 grams carbohydrates
2.6 grams protein
0 grams fat
4.9 grams fiber
83.7 milligrams vitamin C (140 percent DV)
472 milligrams potassium (13.5 percent DV)
0.2 milligrams B6 (10 percent DV)
62 milligrams phosphorus (6.2 percent DV)
22 micrograms folate (5.5 percent DV)
0.1 milligrams thiamine (4.7 percent DV)
32 milligrams calcium (3.2 percent DV) READ MORE: http://draxe.com/kohlrabi/

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