Turnip greens are the leaves of the turnip plant, better known for its tasty root. Turnip, which scientifically known as Brassica rapa, belongs to the Cruciferae family, a cousin to other health-protective giants including kale, collards, cabbage and broccoli.
Turnip leaves are smaller and more tender than their cousin, collards. They have a slightly bitter taste.
Turnips are an excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin B6, folate, copper, calcium, and dietary fiber. As well as being an excellent immune booster, Vitmain A may improve lung health of a smoker of passive smoker. Research has shown that smokers are Vitamin A deficient due to a carcinogen found in cigaretter smoke which induces vitamin A deficiency. By consuming foods that are Vitamin A rich may improve lung health such as emphysema.
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