Beetroot: The Doctor Hiding In Your Fridge

The title of this post might seem a little OTT, but it’s pretty darn accurate.

For many families, beetroot is often kept in pickled form and resides in the back corner of the fridge, behind all sorts of leftover dishes and more favoured condiments. It isn’t unpleasant in taste, it’s just… well… beetroot. It’s common. But:

The health benefits of beetroot are endless.

Here are some:

  1. Beets are a great source of dietary fibre, which means they keep you full and help rid your body of toxins. They are also natural diuretics, so if you have a nasty case of water retention, reach for the beets!
  2. They are rich in magnesium. So often it is said that if you crave chocolate, your body is really trying to top up it’s magnesium supply. Next time you find yourself reaching for a candy bar, try some beets instead. It’s lower in calories and sugar.
  3. They contain phytonutrients called betalanins, which reduce inflammation.
  4. It’s nitrate-rich, which means it increases endurance during workouts.
  5. It aids digestion. The fibre content in beets stimulates peristalsis and adds bulk to stools.
  6. It prevents Alzheimers and dementia in the elderly because of the high nitrate content.
  7. It lowers blood pressure. Once again, the high nitrate content, which promotes endurance, sexual and mental health, also promotes heart health.
  8. It’s an aphrodisiac. Again, high nitrates.
  9. It prevents cancer. Beetroot is rich in antioxidants and is a powerful tool in cancer prevention.

Next time you’re looking for something interesting to add to a dish, try beets! I added some to my morning smoothie bowl and it tasted absolutely banging.