Diet: turnip has a calming effect on the stomach and intestines

Diet: turnip has a calming effect on the stomach and intestines

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The turnip: climate-friendly alternative to imported vegetables

The good old turnip is a winter vegetable that is full of healthy minerals and vitamins. In addition, the root vegetables contain sulfur-containing essential oils that have a calming effect on the stomach and intestines. Last but not least, the beets are extremely low in calories.

The turnip used to be considered “poor people eating” in times of need, but slowly the versatile winter vegetables are regaining a place among the modern climate-friendly alternatives to imported vegetables.

Last food reserve in times of need

As the Consumer Service Bavaria writes in a message, the turnip is botanically a subspecies of rapeseed and came from Scandinavia to German-speaking countries in the 17th century.

Since then, it has been known under names such as Swedish beet, turnip, butter turnip, ground kohlrabi, sub-kohlrabi, ground kohlrabi, black turnip or even turnip turnip.

Especially in times of need, the root vegetable often provided the last food reserve and was then processed into jams and coffee substitutes in addition to stews and soups. This ubiquitous use was remembered for a long time.

Smaller beets have a more intense aroma

The tubers, which weigh up to 1.5 kg and have a light to reddish-green skin, mostly have a yellow pulp and are available from September to May from home cultivation.

"Buy smaller beets, because they have a more intense aroma that is comparable to the taste of kohlrabi," advises Gisela Horlemann, ecotrophologist at the Consumer Service Bavaria at KDFB e.V. (VSB).

The turnip can be stored for several weeks in cool cellars.

Valuable ingredients

Turnips have a high water content and, at around 35 kcal / 100 g, are low-calorie vegetables.

In addition to carbohydrates (5.7 g / 100 g) and fiber (2.9 g / 100 g), they also contain the valuable vitamins B1, B2 and C and minerals such as potassium, calcium and magnesium.

The beet also has a soothing effect on the stomach and intestines due to its sulfur-containing essential oils, explains the Bavarian Consumer Service.

Don't cook too long

The vegetables can be found at weekly markets, in farm shops and in well-stocked supermarkets.

For the preparation, peel the tuber generously and chop it up according to the recipe and then process it into soups, stews, casseroles, buffers or puree.

According to experts, it is important for the preparation that the cooking time, depending on the size, is not longer than 30 to 40 minutes. Because the vegetables lose nutrients and develop an unpleasant cabbage-like taste if they are cooked for too long.

"Grated beet also tastes like raw food," is the tip from nutritionist Horlemann.

In terms of taste, the beet can be combined very well with sweet and sour fruit such as apples, oranges or quinces.

Delicious recipe ideas can be found here, among other things. (ad)

Author and source information

This text corresponds to the specifications of the medical literature, medical guidelines and current studies and has been checked by medical doctors.


  • Consumer Service Bavaria: The turnip: Modern, climate-friendly and versatile, (accessed: January 12, 2020), Consumer Service Bavaria

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