“We were the people who were not in the papers. We lived in the blank white spaces at the edge of print. It gave us more freedom. We lived in the gaps between the stories.”
—Margaret Atwood

Tuesday, November 07, 2017


The season for Singkamas or turnips is during summer, which is but a perfect timing for its thirst quenching quality during the summer heat. Turnips are a root crop vegetable that provides low calories. It is therefore the perfect substitute meal for people who want to attain a physically fit body without sacrificing the need for energy for performing strenuous activities. Thus, turnips have become a famous dietary alternative especially for today’s health conscious and body conscious generation.

Much like other fruits and vegetables, turnips is also known for its dietary fiber. Thus, it can sufficiently satisfy hunger without being heavy on the belly. In lieu of which, this vegetable helps in reducing the risk of obesity, hypertension, and diabetes.

Turnips also provide a cooling effect because it contains water. Considering that over 70% of human bodies is made up of water, eating turnips also serves as an alternative or supplement to people undergoing water therapy. The water we get from turnip helps to replace the soiled water in our bodies for cleansing which help organs like pancreas, kidney, stomach and skin to function well.

Aside from low calorie, dietary fiber and water, turnips are also an excellent source of anti-oxidants, minerals, and vitamins. It is rich in vitamin C, which is a powerful anti-oxidant that helps for the creation of collagen. Vitamin C helps the body forage damaging free radicals for the deterrence of germs, viruses, and bacteria and destructive oxidation reactions that can cause sickness, inflammation, or even cancer. Thus turnips help in boosting our body’s natural immune system. Other vitamins provided by turnips included vitamin A, and vitamin B-complex namely folates, riboflavin, pyridoxine, pantothenic acid and thiamin.

Turnips also help prevents and or facilitate healing of a broad range of health issues because of its high nutrient content. Among the minerals and nutrients in turnips included calcium, phosphorous, folic acid magnesium, niacin, Iron, potassium, and sodium which are essential for the over all well being of our body.

Because of the health benefits of turnips, people around the world have invented different ways to cook turnips. In the Philippines, they are famous as an ingredient of Lumpiang Sariwa. Cooking turnips is not advisable however because heat can destroy some of its natural nutrients and minerals. Thus, the best way to eat turnips and enjoy their health benefits is through the good old fashion way of cutting the fresh vegetable into bitable pieces and enjoying its natural taste with a pinch of salt or as it is.

The Health benefits:
1. Good for Diabetes, Once you have diabetes you’re stuck with it. But there’s no need to lose hope. It’s really not as bad or hard as it sounds.
2. High in vitamins C, A and B complex, along with calcium, phosphorus, folic acid magnesium, niacin, Iron, potassium, and sodium.
3. Has a thirst-quenching capacity.
4. Provides low calories.
5. A dietary fiber that satisfies hunger without feeling heavy.
6. Helps reduce the risk of obesity, hypertension.
7. Has water, thus provides a cooling effect.
8. Good alternative or supplement to people undergoing water therapy.
9. Helps replace the soiled water in our bodies for cleansing which help organs like pancreas, kidney, stomach and skin to function well.
10. Excellent source of anti-oxidants, minerals, and vitamin.s
11. Helps in boosting our body’s natural immune system.
12. Lowers the homocysteine levels. Homocysteine, a type of amino acid, is listed as an independent factor for heart disease. In addition, homocysteine, present in extremely high quantities in meat products, is also linked to renal disease. Jicama exhibits strong anti-homocysteine property – that is, it reduces the levels of this amino acid – and in turn, reduces the risk of cardiovascular and renal disease.The potency of anti-homocysteine capability of jicama can be easily gauged by the results of recent studies that conclude that people who regularly eat this vegetable have approximately 11% lower homocysteine levels than people who do not eat it at all.
13.Reduces the risk of capillary damage. Jicama supports or strengthens the structure of capillaries, reducing the risk of having broken capillaries or capillary damage.
14. Lowers cholesterol levels. High cholesterol levels, often a result of poor eating habits, is a factor for many serious health conditions such as heart attack and hypertension. It has been proven time and again that people who eat more fiber have a lower risk of high cholesterol blood levels. Fiber-rich diet is also useful for people who have high cholesterol because fiber has a strong detrimental effect on cholesterol levels. Jicama is an extremely rich source of soluble fiber, which according to the Mayo Clinic, aids in reduction of cholesterol levels and stabilization of blood sugar levels. A 100-gram serving of jicama allows you to meet 13% of your daily recommended value of soluble fiber.
15. Aids weight loss. To lose weight or for managing your weight, you must reduce your daily calorie intake. As jicama is a low-calorie food – a 100-gram of raw jicama serving contains only 35 calories – it is an excellent choice for people who want to lose weight.

There are so many benefits we can get from eating Singkamas or Turnip. Hence, if you want to attain physically fit body without doing exhausting activities, this is the perfect substitute meal for you.

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