FIBER: turnips


How many reading this eat turnips? If you do, please share why? Did you eat them as a child? Add them to your diet? How did you find the turnip and start eating it? Curious minds (mine) want to know!

At some point in life I learned about turnips. I don’t remember when or how. I do know that I have yet to eat a turnip. I picked the turnip because I wanted to try a new color with the infographic and I am glad I did because the end of 2018 and 2019 will see me adding vegetables and fruits to my daily food that I’ve been researching but not yet tried.

Researching the turnip has been fascinating. I learned it was a source of fiber. Fiber is important because it goes hand in hand with gut health. Gut health is important for so many reasons that include physical, mental and emotional health, as well as digestion (think poop).

Our bodies respond well to what nature offers in its most natural state, meaning without chemicals and/or pesticides. There was a reason our ancestors were connected to the land and a reason so many of us are reconnecting.

DID YOU KNOW?! The turnip is a good source of fiber.

“Both the root and the greens of the turnip can help you meet your recommended intake for fiber without consuming a lot of calories. One cup of mashed, cooked turnip root contains 3 grams of dietary fiber and only 35 calories. Turnip greens have even more fiber, with a 1-cup serving of chopped cooked turnip greens containing 5 grams of dietary fiber and only 30 calories.”

DID YOU KNOW?! The fiber content in turnips also may prevent constipation and promote regularity for a healthy digestive tract.

“With 3.1 grams of fiber in each cup, adding turnips to your diet can help get things moving and keep you regular. As it moves through the digestive tract, fiber adds bulk to the stool to aid in the treatment of constipation. A review published in the World Journal of Gastroenterology compiled the results of five studies and actually found that dietary fiber is able to effectively increase stool frequency in people with constipation.”

DID YOU KNOW?! The turnip is often grouped in with root vegetables like potatoes and beets, but is actually a cousin of broccoli, Brussels sprouts, arugula, and kale.

DID YOU KNOW?! Turnips were once considered a staple vegetable.

“Turnips have a long history of usage, with domestication tracing back at least to Hellenistic and Roman times, with Pliny the Elder (77 C.E.) considering it one of the most important vegetables of his time. Historically important for human consumption, it also became an important livestock fodder.”

DID YOU KNOW?! Turnips can be grown in winter.

“While turnips aren’t a commonly eaten vegetable anymore, they were once considered a staple” and are becoming important again as we focus on combating challenges in our food production. “Turnips are a starchy root vegetable that grow well in places with cold winters. In fact, turnips actually taste sweeter if they are harvested after a frost. In ancient times, turnips were harvested throughout the winter and without this hardy crop, many would’ve gone hungry.”

DID YOU KNOW?! Before pumpkins were used for Halloween, Turnips were used for carving.

“Before people carved jack-o-lanterns on Halloween, they carved turnips to frighten evil spirits away during the Celtic holiday Samhain.”

DID YOU KNOW?! That turnips were cultivated in Virginia as early as 1609.

DID YOU KNOW?! Turnips are not only high in Fiber but also are full of other nutrients our bodies need.

“Turnips are loaded with fiber and vitamins K, A, C, E, B1, B3, B5, B6, B2 and folate (one of the B vitamins), as well as minerals like manganese, potassium, magnesium, iron, calcium and copper. They are also a good source of phosphorus, omega-3 fatty acids and protein.”

For more information on Turnips, see and Another interesting article –

For recipes, check out: and

This holiday season I am going to try a few of the turnip recipes. I hope you will try them as well and we can meet here in the comments to discuss our experiences.

Until next time, happy eating!

Elizabeth Fischer

1. Please come back to visit the website to learn about gut health in more depth. Over the next few weeks, I will be publishing an article focused solely on gut health. We will also be setting up a 5-day health challenge with a focus on gut health and weight loss.
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