Beetroot – What a Treasure
This root vegetable is naturally sweeter than any other vegetable. Think of beets as red spinach, just like Popeye’s power food. This vegetable is one of the best sources of betaine and folate.
Eat them fresh and raw, not from a jar. Exposure to high temperatures can actually decrease the antioxidant power of the beets. For a simple salad, grate one beet on the widest blade of the box grater, but first wash and peel it. For better taste you can toss it with juice of half a lemon and one tablespoon of olive oil. The leaves and stems are rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants so you can add them to the salad.
The beet, a biennial of Mediterranean origin with dark red roots and dark green leaves, is among the most healthiest and useful vegetables. The beet is used whole, and is available throughout the whole year. It is rich in vitamins and minerals. Easily digestible and can be eaten without restriction.
Despite the abundance of nutrients (carbohydrates, protein and fat), beets contain almost all mineral ingredients: calcium, potassium, sodium, phosphorus, magnesium, iron, fluorine, manganese, copper, iodine, sulfur, lithium, strontium, bromide. Beets contain high amounts of vitamin B1, B2, C, and vitamin B12 which is rare in plant foods, also this vegetable is especially important for vegetarians.
Beets naturally have high levels of anthocyanins that are generally known to affect the stability and regulation of blood and have anticancer properties. The beets have very positive effects in cases of demineralization of the bones and teeth. The iodine as a part of the plant is also valuable of preventing arteriosclerosis and slowing the aging process.
However the most healthy ingredients of the beets are betacyanin and betaxanthins because they boost your metabolism, regulate blood pressure and reduce bad cholesterol, maintain the health of blood vessels and stimulate the liver. The leaves of beets are considered a real vitamin-mineral bomb. They contain magnesium, potassium, vitamin C also beets have more iron than other vegetables, including spinach.