A-Z of Superfoods: Beetroot

A-Z of Superfoods: Beetroot

Whether you want to chuck a few slices on a salad or enjoy it in cake beetroot is one of those ingredients that is so versatile you can enjoy it with many different meals. More than that it’s a genuine superfood which has so many health benefits we’ve converted them into this infographic for your enjoyment:

As the infographic shows there are many benefits of the humble beetroot. From its low calorie count to the miniscule amount of fat and carbohydrates in each portion, you can enjoy beetroot regularly without having to worry about it impacting negatively on your diet in general.

As the graphic shows the many benefits of beetroot include its ability to help reduce blood pressure and minimise the risk of heart attack and stroke. This is thanks to its high nitrate content which your body converts into nitric oxide which helps to widen the arteries and lower your blood pressure.

Its status as a low GI food, with a low glycaemic load also means it’s great for helping to stabilise your blood sugar and it’s also great for protecting your bones from degenerative diseases such as osteoporosis thanks to its good levels of the mineral silica.

Further research into the benefits of this particular superfood include studies which suggest it can help prevent cancer to those that assert that it can boost stamina when drunk or eaten before physical activity.

You can add beetroot to many meals with ease. Add it to the top of a salad, make it the main ingredient in a risotto or as mentioned, you can even enjoy it in a chocolate cake. 


The Author

Bethan Townsend

Beth has a genuine interest in healthier lifestyles and nutrition. She has no time for fad diets but is keen to find new and exciting ways of enjoying food without piling on the pounds. Any spare time she has is spent getting out and about with her family, enjoying the health benefits of the great outdoors on bike rides and walks.

Comments

craig t.
28 April 2015

craig t.

Emma, vacuum packed should be as nutritious as fresh, maybe even more so if it was packed quickly after harvesting.

Frank H.
19 April 2015

Frank H.

I just can't imagine enjoying beetroot - it sounds like it's so good for you though I should probably try harder!

Phillip H.
19 April 2015

Phillip H.

love it, freshly cooked and purple from the garden. Didn't have any left to preserve last year so will have to wait a couple of months.

Emma C.
18 April 2015

Emma C.

Does anyone know if vacuum packed beetroot is as healthy as fresh beetroot? It's all we seem to buy and like.

Matthew C.
18 April 2015

Matthew C.

Beetroot juice is my drink treat after cycling home from work on a hot day. Very refreshing and much healthier than squash or a beer.

Aimee W.
17 April 2015

Aimee W.

Bad beetroot tastes like soil.

Lucy O.
17 April 2015

Lucy O.

In winter, beetroot is lovely roasted with parsnips and sweet potato and summer it goes with every salad dish.

Mike D.
17 April 2015

Mike D.

Aaah, beetroot. I wish I liked the horrid thing but it always tastes like soil to me so just can't stomach it.

Sasha B.
17 April 2015

Sasha B.

Beetroot is one of my favourite summer foods. I would recommend grated beetroot on salads with sunflower seeds, and adding it to smoothies.

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