Love it or hate it, beetroot is a powerhouse of nutrients that have a great influence on our overall health – and it can be used in many different ways. Here’s a quick summary of why you should include it in your weekly meals.
Let’s talk about nutrients
Since the humble beet is packed full of nutrients, there are obviously a number of health benefits involved when including them in your diet.
Minimal calories – 44 per 100g serving of cooked beets
Helps regulate blood pressure – studies show that beetroot can help reduce high blood pressure in a number of hours.
Aid digestive health – Beetroot is a great source of fibre, promoting good gut bacteria and can prevent constipation and inflammatory bowel diseases
May help fight inflammation – the jury is still out on this one, but research has shown positive outcomes in those suffering from chronic inflammation diseases like cancer, heart and liver disease and obesity.
The above are the most prevalent benefits of beetroot, but certain studies have suggested that beets could help improve athletic performance; support brain health and potentially has anti-cancer properties.
How to use it
Beetroot is great in salads, roast vegetable mixes, dips, and is becoming more common in healthy baking. It can be roasted, raw, pickled – you name it. Here’s a list of some of our favourite tricks for incorporating beets into foods we love.
- Beetroot Hummus
- Beet, Rocket and Feta Cheese Salad
- Roasted beetroot and winter veg
- Beetroot Crisps
- Beetroot chocolate cake