Turnips have been a longstanding staple food in many different cultures as it is a hardy vegetable, which is easily stored and can be grown in many types of soil. Also, its history can be traced to just before 15th century BC. This veggie comes in multiple varieties of which the Vegetable Ranch LLC currently grows three: the salad turnip, the purple top turnip and the yellow top turnip. Though most widely used and stored as a root vegetable there are a number of way in which one can enjoy the greens, which also hold additional health benefits. Turnips are also examples of vegetable, which can be prepared using multiple cooking methods. For example they can be boiled, baked, braised or steamed.
Turnips provide a useful source of fiber as well as vitamin C, calcium and potassium all the while being low in calories. Due to some of the cleansing effects of the fiber in this vegetable it may cause gas in some people, however it has also been shown to absorb LDL or bad cholesterol. The turnip tops or greens additionally have beta-carotene in them, which is an excellent antioxidant. For those who suffer from hypothyroidism, it is best to not eat a great deal of raw turnips as they contain progoitrin and gluconasturtin. The cooking process degrades these two compounds and so they are no longer an issue for those with hypothyroidism.