Healthy Eating – Beetroot

Healthy Eating - Beetroot

Beetroot, also referred to as merely Beet is a root vegetable with the Latin name of Beta vulgaris. It is from the plant family Chenopodiaceae. A common vegetable in salads, the root of the červená řepa is deep red to purple and is exceptionally high in many nutrients, minerals, and antioxidants. Beetroot contains betaine, which is required by the body for cardiovascular health. Beetroot can, therefore, prevent the development of heart disease, stroke, and vascular disease. Some studies also suggest this may also prevent liver disease such as that caused by over-consumption of alcohol. There is some research that shows Beetroot juice can lower and maintain blood pressure when as little as 500ml was consumed in a day.

They are rich in Vitamin A, and C. The leaves of Beetroot have been used since before any known records were kept. The root of the beet was first recognized for its potential as food during the 1800’s, but it was used for medicinal purposes before this time.

Beetroot can be used in many ways

Healthy Eating - Beetroot

Boiled and plated with potato, peas, carrots, and parsnip. It goes well with all kinds of meat and chicken recipes. The water used for cooking should be kept and used as a base for gravy or used in a stew or casserole. Beetroot can be baked with other vegetables. It can be flavored with balsamic vinegar or salad dressings. Beetroot is most commonly used in salads. It can be grated raw and tossed through a mixed summer salad or cooked and sliced and used in sandwiches, on burgers or its own. Beetroot can be juiced and consumed on its own or flavored with carrot or tomato juice. The juice can also be used as a coloring in food dishes and sauces. It is a standard red coloring used in Tomato sauce recipes.

The young leaves of beetroot are used raw in salads or can be steamed or used in stir-fries. The leaves are common in pre-mixed salads found in the fresh food section at supermarkets. Beetroot is easy to grow. It can be grown in pots and leaves harvested as required for mixtures. When the root is of the proper size, it can be boiled, baked or juiced. It is a commonly grown vegetable in many home gardens around the world.