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Also known as Italian chicory, radicchio is a purple leafy vegetable with a bitter and Radicchio. Canadian Academy of Sports Nutritionspicy flavour. One cup of shredded radicchio contains 2 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber and 1 gram of protein.

Average calories: 12 per one cup, shredded.

Radicchio: one cup, shredded












Vitamins found in higher amounts: vitamins K, C, E and B9.

Minerals found in higher amounts: copper, potassium, manganese and phosphorus.

Phytonutrients found in higher amounts and their health benefits: the phytochemicals present in radicchio are carotenoidsflavonoids and lactucopicrin.

Lutein and zeaxanthin are the carotenoids found in radicchio. They are powerful antioxidants that support healthy eyes and protect from age-related eye problems. They also demonstrate anti-cancer activities as well.

The flavonoid found in radicchio is anthocyanin, which causes purple color of the vegetable. It is a potent antioxidant with anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer and immune-boosting properties. Anthocyanin improves blood circulation and strengthens the walls of the vessels.

Found in wild lettuce as well, lactucopicrin is a bitter constituent that has analgesic and sedative effects. Because of being high in lactucopicrin, radicchio is a natural remedy for sleeplessness.