Are Turnips Paleo?

Yes

A healthy diet should always consist of plenty of vegetables and that includes root vegetables, such as turnips. Although higher in carbohydrates than their leafy tops, turnips are also a richer source of vitamin C.

Paleo and Fiber

Turnips are fairly fibrous, which is great, because that fiber slows down the digestion of carbohydrates and prevents a spike in blood sugar. Most of us living a Paleo lifestyle prefer to avoid a spike in blood sugar because a spike leads to a crash, leaving us tired, cranky, and craving more carbs.

Paleo and Resistant Starch

Plant fiber is also beneficial because most of it is resistant starch. Resistant starch is a prebiotic that feeds our beneficial gut bacteria – the guys we want to stick around. Building and maintaining a healthy gut biome is essential for health. It helps to keep the immune system strong and the health of our gut bacteria has been linked to everything from our likelihood of acquiring the flu to skin rashes.

Like revenge, resistant starch is a dish best served cold, so to get the most out of your turnips, we recommend eating them raw in a salad, or lightly cooking and then cooling them before eating.

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