Friday Food Feature | Beetroot
You may have noticed while browsing the health food store lately significantly more promotion of Beetroot Juice and Beetroot recipes, but why?
This root vegetable comes a long way from field to plate in many varieties, there are many ways to enjoy them too, not just sliced and put on your BBQ’d burger. Growing up in Oz we never had a BBQ without beetroot and it wasn’t until recently I did homemade burgers, that I realised this vegetable was missing from every steak sandwich I’d had in the UK.
But apart from just enjoying the taste, I was curious about why there is so much promotion of this stuff in the health food store and so decided to look further and uncover more reasons to love those Beets.
Here’s what I came up with:
- Three baby size beets = one serve of your ‘five a day’
- High in Folic Acid - essential for normal tissue growth and particularly important in the development of a baby’s spinal cord in the first 3 months of pregnancy.
- Contains Vitamin C, Potassium, Magnesium, Iron, Zinc.
- Reduces risk of heart attack and stroke by reducing blood pressure. Just 250mL of beetroot juice or 100g of cooked beetroot daily can dramatically reduce blood pressure and associated risks because of the nitrate content producing nitric oxide which widens blood vessels. [Research here].
- The antioxidant responsible for giving beetroot it’s gorgeous colour and the soluble fibre in beets helps to reduce oxidation of LDL cholesterol, protecting the artery walls and reducing risk of stroke. This beta cyanin helps speed up detoxification of the liver too, so it’s a good hangover saviour!
- Stabilises blood sugar. The Glycaemic Index is medium, but the Glycaemic Load is extremely low which means this low calorie, virtually fat free vege is converted into sugar very slowly, keeping blood sugar levels stable.
- The mineral silica contained in beets helps reduce the risk of Osteoporosis by helping the body to utilize more calcium.
- Since Roman times, it has been thought of as a natural aphrodisiac.
If you love beets, I highly recommend checking out The LOVE BEETROOT site for recipes and fun facts… and Follow @LoveBeetroot
I am personally dying to try these recipes:
Moroccan beetroot and mint salad with yogurt dressing
Beetroot, orange, pecan and poppyseed cake
Summer Salad with Beetroot, Goat’s cheese and French Beans
I think I’ve found an even deeper love for this deceivingly amazing and delicious vegetable!!!