This root vegetable seems to be getting a lot of attention lately. With its beautiful red color and wide array of health benefits I can see why. Beetroot is a star that definitely deserves some shine. Even though I’m not the biggest fan of beetroot’ flavor, I cannot deny its nutritional power.
Beetroot is abundant in a variety of various nutrients. Some vitamins and minerals that beetroots hold include folate, vitamin C and A, potassium, and magnesium. Other nutrients that beetroot holds are fiber and nitrates. These nutrients are all needed for proper function of the human body. The vitamins and minerals are required for energy production, immune system function, and electrolyte balance. The fiber aids in helping us feel full after a meal, so we don’t need to snack an hour after eating. The nitrates found in beetroot are beneficial as well. Because of their incorporation into nitric oxide, these nitrates improve blood flow. Nitric oxide is a vasodilator, or opens the blood vessels so that blood can flow easily throughout the body.
Many health concerns and diagnoses can be supported with the incorporation of beetroot into the diet. Hypertension is the first that comes to mind when I think of beetroot. Due to the vasodilation of the nitric oxide produced from the nitrates, the heart can reduce the amount of pressure needed to pump blood through the system. This in time will reduce the blood pressure. Digestive complaints such as constipation can be reduced due to the fiber content in beetroot. Fiber in beetroot can also lead to weight loss as it helps us to feel full longer leading to decreased calorie intake over a period of time.
Also due to the nitrates in beets athletic performance can be supported. By opening the blood vessels more blood, oxygen, and nutrients can get to the muscles being used to aid in longer more efficient workouts and improve recovery time. This dilation also applies to the brain leading to increased nutrient and oxygen flow improving cognitive function. Vitamin C and A are antioxidant in nature and can reduce inflammation that arises in the system and reduce risk of disease. These nutrients are also needed in the production of soft supple skin and strong healthy hair.
Though beetroot is full of benefits be sure to talk to your doctor before adding a lot to your diet. Beetroot should be limited or avoided in throes with low blood pressure, those on high blood pressure medications, and those who struggle with oxalate overload as they are one of the higher sources of oxalates.
The great thing about beets is that they can easily be incorporated into the diet. Even though they aren’t my favorite food I have a few ways I like to add beetroot in. An easy tip is to add some roasted or boiled beetroot to your smoothie. With all of the other fruits and vegetables added the taste can be easily masked. I also enjoy making low carb beetroot brownies. The boiled beet mixed into a low carb brownie batter is a tasty way to incorporate this root veggies. Other, less sneaky, ways to add beets is by making a beet based salad, adding a few beets to a field green salad, or make a beet salad. Again if beets are not your jam there’s no shame in sneaking them in like I do 🙂 #eatwellbehealthy #getyousome