Did you know that beetroots or beet (beta vulgaris) are in the same family of chard and spinach?
Roots and leaves can be eaten, even though most people do not eat the leaves much and concentrate on their roots only. This root was first cultivated and spread around by ancient Romans.
Did you know that beetroot can also be converted into sugar? Napoleon started to convert it into sugar at his time and today many Countries still converts it into sugar.
The beet green part is rich of calcium, iron, vitamin A, C and high in folic acid, so if you are planning to get pregnant or even if you are not, eat the green of the beet to get the folic acid. They are a good source of fiber, manganese and potassium. The roots are a good source of phosphorus, iron, and vitamin B6. The cooked beet root is higher in sugar, about 100 gr of beet cooked contain about 8 g of sugar. So, if you have diabetes or blood sugar level problems, watch that you do not eat a lot of beet roots.
Beetroots are high in betacyanin, which gives his purple red colour. This nutrient is a powerful cancer fighting agent.
As it is high in fiber, is good to lower cholesterol.
Studies in animal have shown that beetroots can increase the natural antioxidant in our body such as glutathione-S-transferase.
When choosing your beetroot, make sure that it is firm and looks fairly fresh.
Enjoy them by grating them with carrots in a salad, you can do some time of smoothie with water and drink it.
You can also do what my mum used to do when I was a child and I had a constant cough. As at that time there was no NHS, my mum used all the natural remedies from food and herbs to get us children well. No penicillin was used till we were about 14 of age.
I constantly had a cough, which I now know was a combination of being low in iron and energetically I could not express myself well, as at that time, like everywhere in the world, the children were to be seen but not heard!
My mum used beetroot, cut them in half, added some actual cane sugar in it, so it would be sweet, and put it outside the window at night. In the morning, there would be this natural syrup that she would give me. And that usually would calm down my cough for a while. That was due to all the goodness that beetroot had in it.
So grateful that we have changed that belief! At least in the modern society!
However you would like to use the beetroot, enjoy it!
© Maria Esposito BSc (Hons) R- Nutritional Therapist – NAET – R-Craniosacral Therapist – NLP practitioner – Certified Angel Guide