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Beet properties

Beet properties

Mireia Cervera 09 March 2017

Beet is a vegetable that provides many health benefits thanks to its nutritional properties. Discover them in this post, as well as their conservation and culinary uses.

Nutritional properties of beets

This sweet root has a high content of water and carbohydrates, which makes it one of the vegetables richest in sugars and contribution of soluble fiber . Its content in vitamins of group B stands out, especially its contribution in folates that helps the formation of red and white blood cells in the body, thus helping to generate antibodies in the immune system . Beet is rich in iron , a fundamental mineralSuch for the treatment of anemia, in addition to regenerating blood cells and increasing oxygen supply.

This vegetable contains pigments called anthocyanins , with antioxidant action and which give it its color cacharacteristic. Antioxidants block the damaging effect of free radicals thereby helping to reduce cardiovascular and cerebrovascular risk. They are also rich in lutein and zeaxanthin, carotenoids that helpto prevent eye health problems.

But beware! People who are predisposed to forming kidney stones, due to its oxalate content, should restrict the consumption of beets from their tofeeding.

Beetroot helps generate antibodies in the immune system.

In the market

In the markets it is usually sold in bundles. It should contain green leaves, as it indicates that the root is young. If you want to make use of beet leaves, these, in addition to being green, must betender, otherwise they will be bitter and stringy.

Once at home, the best way to keep them is in the refrigerator in a plastic bag. As long as they are refrigerated, they will keep for up to two weeks. It is advisableStore the leaves separately, also in the refrigerator and in a plastic bag, so they will be in perfect condition for about five days.

In the kitchen

There are many traditional dishes fromdifferent countries and cultures which incorporate beets among their ingredients. It is very interesting for its culinary versatility, its organoleptic properties and for its nutrients. It is a vegetable that can be consumed raw, boiled, roasted, in conserva and even desserts.

One of the best ways to cook beets is roasted in the oven, since during the cooking process its sugars are concentrated, highlighting its natural sweetness. You can also use its juiceas a natural dye for breads, pasta, cakes ... Or drink it directly to take advantage of all its nutrients or mix it with other ingredients as in our juice"_self"> The Vegan Vampire with pear, orange, pineapple and ginger.

Now you know why, how and when you should eat beets. What are you waiting to incorporate it into your diet? Take advantage of what it iswinter "> season and prepare delicious recipes with this sweet vegetable.

Mireia Cervera Nutritionist Teresa Carles Healthy Foods Group - Flax & Kale