With so many people starting a keto diet, it’s common for people to ask us if their old favorite foods, just as radishes, are keto friendly. I did all the keto diet research on radishes, and chollected it here for you.
Radishes are allowed on a Keto Diet because they are very low carb and therefore very keto friendly. One medium radish only has 0.1 carb; that means you’d have to eat 10 radishes to have even 1 gram of carbs.
While ketogenic diet guidelines generally suggest that you avoid all root vegetables, that advice isn’t accurate for all root vegetables.
The star of low carb root vegetables is the radish and a distant second place is the turnup which many people use as a potato substitute.
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But why are radishes so low carb?
The reason that those of us on a keto diet avoid most root vegetables is the natural starch found in such high carb vegetables.
Radishes have none of the starch that causes other root vegetables to be so high in carbohydrates and to be such a mess to clean up after cooking because the starch sticks to everything.
Other Health Benefits of Radishes
Radishes are high in fiber which research has shown to:
- Lower Cholesterol Levels
- Help to Control Blood Sugars
- Help with Healthy Bowel Movements
- Good for Digestion
- High Fiber helps you feel full longer, especially when combined with a high fat keto diet.
Radishes are also a great source of Vitamin C, which can be more difficult to get in adequate quantities on a low fruit keto diet.
In addition, radishes provide Potassium which is one of the minerals that can be flushed out of your body on a naturally diuretic ketogenic diet.
Finally, eating radishes provides Folate, a B-Vitamin that is essential for health.
How Can You Eat Radishes On A Keto Diet?
Here are some great keto-friendly ways to add more radishes to your diet. We’ll start with the basics and move to some more advanced keto radish recipe ideas.
- Raw Radishes Diced with Salt – The classic way to eat radishes, just like my great grandfather taught me to eat them. Bonus: The Sodium is a great supplement to your Keto Diet.
- Radishes on your Salad – A little texture brings your green salad to a new level.
- Roasted Radishes – Roasted nice and slow, radishes mellow. Now, to be clear, they’re not going to taste like potatoes…but they aren’t going to be as radishy. In general, roast them for about 45 minutes at 450 degrees with olive oil and spices. Or just follow this great keto radish recipe. If you want to hide the radish taste a bit more, try the roast with a generous splash of balsamic vinegar.
- Cheesy Radish Casserole – A casserole made with low carb crunchy radish slices covered in great cheeses. What’s not to love?
- Keto Fried Radishes – In my family, we called fried potatoes ‘American Fries’. We ate them for breakfast often. Try the same thing with radishes, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Start with a generous amount of keto-friendly butter and then just fry the chunks of radish until golden brown. Serve them with over-easy eggs and sausage and you have my favorite childhood breakfast in a keto friendly version.
- Poached Radishes – You can steam or boil chunks of radishes to make a great substitute for boiled potatoes in any recipe (e.g. Potato Salad or Stews).
What other Keto Radish Recipes do you love?
Help others find ways to get more radishes into their keto diet. Please tell everyone in the comments below how you eat radishes!