2009-10-26

Juice: Beet Root

I have heard quite a lot of Beet Root and its health benefits, I never have a chance to taste on it. Finally, I managed to find it at the local night market. According to the veggie seller, she said that it tastes really nice when it mixes with Apple in juice.

So, I decided to make Beet Root and Green Apple juice for hubb and myself.

Its red purplish flesh is rich in iron. Due to its higher content of iron, it regenerates and reactivates the red blood cells, supplies fresh oxygen to the body and helps the normal function of vesicular breathing i.e. normal breath sound. It is thus extremely useful in the treatment of anaemia.

This vegetable is a good tonic food for health. It contains carbohydrates, mainly in the form of sugar, and it has a little protein and fat. Beet is taken in a variety of ways. The skin should be removed before use. The leaves, like all green vegetables, should be cooked with a small amount of water and for only a short time. The fresher the beets, the better the flavour and the quicker they cook.

The beet juice is considered as one of the best vegetable juice. It is a rich source of natural sugar. It contains sodium, potassium, phosphorus, calcium, sulphur, chlorine, iodine, iron, copper, vitamin B1, B2, C and P. This juice is rich in easily digestible carbohydrates, but the calorie content is low. The protein factors or amino acids are good in both quality and quantity.


Health Benefits of Beetroot
Nutrients

Beet greens are a very good source of calcium, iron, Vitamins A and C. Beetroots are an excellent source of folic acid. They are a very good source of fiber, manganese and potassium. Beet greens and beetroot are a good source of phosphorus, magnesium, iron and vitamin B6.

Glycemic Index (GI)

In a study to determine the estimated GI of various foods, it was concluded that beetroot has a medium GI of 64.

Liver Health

Beetroot contains the bioactive agent betaine, which supports healthy liver function. When the liver is functioning properly, fats are broken down efficiently, aiding weight loss, and preventing fatigue and nausea.

Cholesterol Lowering

Beet fiber has been shown to have cholesterol lowering capabilities.

Antioxidants

Betacyanin is the pigment that gives beetroot its color, and has powerful antioxidant properties. Studies have demonstrated that red beet products used regularly in the diet may provide protection against certain oxidative stress-related disorders in humans.

Cancer Prevention

Preliminary tests suggest that beetroot ingestion can be one of the useful means to prevent lung and skin cancer. Other studies have shown that beet juice inhibits the formation of cancer causing compounds called nitrosamines.

Nutrient Values of Raw Beets per 100g
Calories 43kcal
Energy Value180kj
Total Fat 0.17g
Carbohydrates9.56g
Sugars6.76g
Dietary Fiber2.8g
Protein1.61g
Sodium78mg
Zinc0.35mg
Potassium325mg
Iron0.80mg
Magnesium23mg
Copper0.075mg
Calcium 16mg
Vitamin C 4.9mg
Vitamin E0.04mg
Vit. B3 (Niacin) 0.334mg
Vitamin B60.067mg
Vit. B1 (Thiamin)0.031mg
Vit. B2 (Riboflavin)0.040mg

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