Root vegetables, though not all roots, are in fact bulbs that grow and thrive underground. These great nutrient stores are fascinating in their own ways and definitely worth exploring when rethinking or designing healthy menus for your loved ones.

Parsnips, carrots, turnips, yams, beetroots, …..root vegetables are packed with vitamins, minerals, fibre and complex carbohydrates to support the body system.

Truly powerhouses of nutrition, how many types of root vegetables do you know. Each has a distinct set of nutrients and health benefits. We list them ten most common ones here for your reading pleasure.

1. Sweet potato

  • Found in a variety of colours – including yellow, orange and purple
  • Rich source of fibre, minerals, vitamins such as vitamin A, C and E  and antioxidants which help promote healthy gut
  • Excellent source of beta-carotene which helps support immune system
  • Great choice for weight-loss diet as it contains almost no fat
  • Versatile and can be prepared in both sweet and savory ways
ZENXIN’s Organic Sweet Potato  
  • Grown locally in Ipoh, on a farm successfully converted from dry desert-like land
  • Free from pesticides and chemical fertilizers
  • Naturally sweet and flavourful 
  • Certified Organic by NASAA

2. Carrot 

  • Comes in many colors – including orange, yellow, red, white and purple.
  • Crunchy, crisp texture when eaten raw
  • Rich in carotenoid, a powerful antioxidant inked to improved immune function
  • Powerhouse of Vitamin A – best known for eye health support
  • Good source of beta carotene, fibre, vitamin K1, potassium, and antioxidants
  • One of the most sugary vegetables in the world
ZENXIN’s Organic Carrot
  • Organically sourced from Thailand and Australia
  • Unique climatic conditions result in flavourful carrots 
  • Certified Organic by NASAA

3. Turmeric

  • A rhizome (root) used as a culinary spice and traditional medicine in Ayurveda
  • Warm bitter taste
  • Contains Curcumin, a powerful antioxidant which gives its striking yellow color
  • Powerful anti-inflammatory effects
  • Serves as natural pain reliever
  • May also help improve symptoms of depression and arthritis
Simply Natural Lakadong Turmeric:
  • Robust aroma, vibrant colour and most importantly higher curcumin content (6-7%) compared to the normal variety (<5%) . 
  • Sourced directly from the Land of Spice, India
  • Free from artificial colouring, preservatives and flavouring
  • Certified Organic by NASAA & USDA

4. Ginger

  • A rhizome (root) which often associated with Asian cooking, and commonly used in stir-fries
  • Spicy, zesty taste
  • Contains gingerol, a compound with potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties
  • Natural remedy for reducing gas and improving digestion
  • Helps relieve nausea
ZENXIN’s Organic Ginger:
  • Grown organically in Peruvian rainforests
  • Intense spicier flavour
  • Free from pesticides and chemical fertilizers
  • Tan skin and pale yellow-green to ivory flesh 
  • Certified Organic by NASAA

5. Beetroot

  • Rich in betalain, a powerful antioxidant which gives its intense red colour
  • Has naturally occurring nitrates, which helps improve blood flow throughout the body
  • Rich in folate and therefore awesome for pregnant women 
  • Has a history as an aphrodisiac
  • Great to be eaten raw, juiced, baked or cooked in soup
ZENXIN’s Organic Beetroot:
  • Sourced directly from Australia
  • Less earthy taste yet having a sweeter notes, making it perfect for juicing
  • Free from pesticides and chemical fertilizers
  • Certified Organic by NASAA

6. White radish

  • A white root vegetable belonging to the Cruciferous family
  • Pleasant, sweet and zesty flavour with a mild bite
  • Good source of vitamin C, which helps battle free radicals in your body and helps prevent cell damage
  • Good source for anthocyanins to support heart function
  • Supports lungs and digestive health
  • Can be eaten raw in salad, pickled or in stir fries, soups and stews
ZENXIN’s Organic White Radish (aka Daikon Radish) :
  • Organically grown in Malaysia
  • Grown organically in healthier nourished soil
  • Free from pesticides and chemical fertilizers
  • Certified Organic by NASAA

7. Potato

  • A starchy vegetable called tuber, that is the fourth most consumed crop in the world, after rice, wheat and corn
  • A good source of vitamin C, B6, manganese, phosphorus, niacin and pantothenic acid
  • Can be roasted, baked, steamed or fried
  • Need to be stored away from sunlight, as exposure to sunlight will cause the formation of toxic solanine
ZENXIN’s Organic Potato:
  • Organically sourced from Thailand
  • Grown naturally with no chemicals and pesticides
  • Fluffy texture when cooked
  • Certified Organic by NASAA

8. Garlic

  • A member of Allium genus, and from the onion family
  • Rich in allicin, a powerful antioxidant good for heart health
  • Possesses antiviral, antimicrobial and antifungal properties
  • Intense flavour and widely used as flavouring in cooking
  • Can be eaten raw or cooked
ZENXIN’s Organic Morado Garlic:
  • Sourced directly from Spain
  • Contains highest amount of allicin in garlic
  • Tangy spicy taste when raw; sweet and mellow cooked
  • Certified Organic by NASAA

9. Onion

  • Comes in different colours: yellow, red, brown
  • Sweet, sharp and pungent flavour
  • Rich in inulin and fructooligosaccharides or FOS, which helps boost immune system and provide fuel for gut bacteria for healthy digestive system
  • Contains cancer-fighting properties attributed to the sulphur compounds and flavonoid antioxidants
ZENXIN’s Organic Onion:
  • Organically sourced from Thailand
  • Comes in yellow and red varieties
  • Free from pesticides and chemical fertilizers
  • Certified Organic by NASAA

10. Jicama (Turnip)

  • Globular shape with papery, golden-brown skin
  • Flesh resembles a potato or pear
  • Sweet taste and crisp texture
  • Low calorie, high in fibre and water
  • Good for weight loss
ZENXIN’s Organic Jicama:
  • Organically grown in Malaysia
  • Naturally sweet taste, great to eaten raw for crisp texture
  • Grown organically in healthier and nourished soil
  • Certified Organic by NASAA

Info adapted from:

The 13 Healthiest Root Vegetables

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/root-vegetables

Carrots 101: Nutrition Facts and Health Benefits

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/foods/carrots

10 Proven Health Benefits of Turmeric and Curcumin

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/top-10-evidence-based-health-benefits-of-turmeric

11 Proven Health Benefits of Ginger

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/11-proven-benefits-of-ginger#1