Radishes contain .34 milligrams of iron per 100 grams. Grams is a measure of weight. To put 100 grams in perspective, consider alternative measures for this food:
- 1 cup equals 116 grams.
- 1 large equals 9 grams.
In the category of vegetables, we included whole vegetable products in the Top 10 list. We excluded dried/dehydrated products from the Top 10. You will find some dehydrated vegetables high in iron per 100 grabut they tend to be far more volume than anyone would consume. Furthermore, foods may be fortified with iron but are not included in this Top 10 list. The food tested for the particular graph below can be described more specifically as:
Vegetables overall are not a strong source of iron. Those vegetables that have a high content of iron also have the tendency to be high in iron inhibitors and so you may not take in much of the iron from the vegetable itself.
Yet, even a vegetable with little iron can play a substantial part in iron metabolism. Vegetables tend to be a good source of vitamin C and vitamin C will actually help you utilize the iron better in vegetarian foods; radishes are a fair source of vitamin C.
For example, you can include vine ripened tomatoes and sweet green peppers with a grain-based entree or with a bean recipe to help you absorb more of the iron in your meal as a whole. A fresh mango dessert with a meal would help as well because of the fruit’s vitamin content. A glass of fruit juice is yet another an effective strategy.