Radicchio is a leafy red vegetable native to Italy and cultivated from the chicory leaf which is family to the Asteraceae family.

 

There are many varieties of radicchio which are named after the regions they originated from. The most common types are Choggia and Treviso which provide a bitter taste and resemble endive or romaine lettuce.

 

 

Health Benefits

 

  • Plentiful in antioxidants such as zeaxanthin and lutein which help to protect the eyes from retina damage and protect the skin against harmful ultraviolet rays. (1)

 

  • Contains Lactucopicrin (intybrin) which provides the vegetable with its bitter flavour and helps soothe digestion as well as supressing hunger pains. (2)

 

  • Provides inulin which is a compound that helps to balance the body’s blood sugar levels and is a healthy substitute for sugar which makes it suitable for diabetics and prevents the onset of type two diabetes. (3)

 

  • The inulin supply helps to stimulate the growth of beneficial gut bacteria like Lactobacilli which increase metabolism and rid the body of bad bacteria and cholesterol. (4)

 

  • Supplies good amounts of B-Vitamins which support the metabolic break down of carbohydrates, proteins and fats. (5)

 

  • Abundant in vitamins C and E which benefits the immune system by fighting diseases and helping decrease cholesterol in the body. (6)

 

  • Contains vitamin K which supports the formation of bones and helps limit neuronal damage to the brain. (7)

 

  • Consists of the minerals: copper, iron, manganese, potassium and zinc which combine to regulate fluidity between cells and control blood flow around the body. (8)

 

  • Provides excellent amounts of fibre which aids digestion, cleanses the colon, promotes weight loss and helps rid parasites in the body’s digestive tract. (9)

 

 

Radicchio Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 100 grams, raw

  Amt. Per
Serving
% Daily
Value*
Calories 23
Calories from Fat 2
Total Fat 0 g 0%
Saturated Fat 0 g 0%
Trans Fat
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 22 mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 4 g 1%
Dietary Fibre 1 g 4%
Sugar 1 g
Protein 1 g
Vitamin A 1% Vitamin C 13%
Calcium 2% Iron 3%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie intake.

 

 

 

 

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