Beetroot is one of the most common ingredients used in a salad. With a hard exterior the sweet mouth-watering interior makes it worthwhile to have this vegetable.
There are different types of beet like reddish-purple hue, other varieties like white, golden-yellow or sometimes even multi-colored.
One cup of raw beet contains: 13 grams (g) of carbohydrates, consisting of 9.19 g of sugar and 3.8 g of dietary fiber.
I try to include beetroot in my daily diet. I am not saying I eat it everyday but I make sure I eat beetroot salad atleast 4-5 days a week.
The powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and vascular-protective effects offered by beetroot and its constituents have been clearly demonstrated by several in vitro and in vivo human and animal studies; hence its increasing popularity as a nutritional approach to help manage cardiovascular disease and cancer.
In the human studies to date, beetroot supplementation has been reported to , , preserve endothelial function and restore cerebrovascular haemodynamics.
Reduces blood pressure
Avert oxidative stress
Helps in purification of blood
Great source of fiber, folate (vitamin B9), manganese, potassium, iron, and vitamin C
Enhances athletic performance
May slow the progression of dementia
Effective for hair growth
Protects liver from oxidative damage and inflammation
Cooked vs Uncooked Beetroot!!
Raw beetroot contain more vitamins, minerals and antioxidants than cooked beets. Like many vegetables, the longer you cook beetroot (especially in water), the more of the colorful phytonutrients leach out of the food and into the water.
Who should not consume Beetroot?
Anyone who has low blood pressure or is currently taking blood pressure medication should speak with a healthcare professional before adding beets or beetroot juice to their diet. Beets contain high levels of oxalates, which can cause kidney stones in people with a high risk of this condition.
To ensure good health: eat lightly, breathe deeply, live moderately, cultivate cheerfulness, and maintain an interest in life
To keep the body in good health is a duty…otherwise we shall not be able to keep the mind strong and clear. – Buddha