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Love or hate it, there’s no denying the power of this sweet vegetable

Beetroot is a bit of a ‘Marmite food’ – you either love or loathe its earthy, sweet flavor. If you’re a beetroot lover, you’re picked a winner: beetroot is a brilliant vegetable to include in your diet.

We tend to focus on the deep purple-red bulbous root of the beetroot plant, but the green leaves are also edible and contain lots of key nutrients such as vitamin A, iron and calcium. They’re great in salads and stir-fries, too, so don’t discard them from your freshly harvested bunch. However, the root is where most of beetroot’s amazing nutritional benefits lie.

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Beetroot has been used by several cultures for generations to ‘purify’ the blood, and with its high iron and copper content, as well as other minerals such as potassium, it’s the ideal food to nosh on around the time of your period.

The red color of beetroot comes from a phytonutrient called betacyanin, which has been shown to enhance the detoxification of the liver and can help protect against various cancers. Want more good news? Recent studies have found that a daily dose of beetroot juice can promote brain health in older adults, lower blood pressure and boost athletic performance, thanks to its high nitrate content. Plus, the antioxidants in beetroot can help to protect your body against the effects of a fatty binge, so it’s worth adding a few slices to your next burger.

Opt for fresh beetroot rather than the stuff from a jar or tin, and eat it raw or lightly cooked. And if you’re always steered clear, it’s time to reconsider. Try the recipes here and get on board with beets!

3 ways with beetroot

Beetroot and carrot salad

Grate two raw beetroot and two large carrots and toss together. Combine with a bunch of roughly torn spinach or beetroot leaves and a tablespoon of lightly toasted sesame seeds. Mix 2 tablespoons of olive oil an 1-2 tablespoons of lemon or orange juice and drizzle over the salad to serve.

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Beetroot and carrot salad

Carrot, beetroot and parsley juice

Juice a few carrots, one beetroot and a handful of parsley for a truly delicious and healthy drink.

Beetroot houmous

Our favorite dip, with a difference! Combine 400g tinned chickpeas, 2 – 3 chopped, cooked beetroot, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, 1 crushed garlic cloves, 1 tablespoon of tahini and a pinch of salt in a blender. Whizz until smooth and creamy and adjust the flavors to taste. Serve with chopped celery or carrot for a healthy afternoon snack.

Beetroot

Description: Beetroot

Beetroot

·         100g raw beetroot will provide you with approximately:

·         45 cals

·         1.6g protein

·         9.5g carbohydrates

·         0g fat

·         2.8g fibre

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