Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Beetroot Diet

Beetroot, simply called beet, is one of the important vegetables for good health. It looks in deep red color. Well, it looks most distinct from the entire group of vegetables. Beets are high in sugar quantity and of course have a hint of smokiness. When it is cooked the pieces of beets look like smooth and velvety textured at the inner part. This precious beet is named Beta Vulgaris in scientific usage. 

Beets are cooked as vegetables, they are eaten after cooked or processed in many ways to prepare as curries. They are also boiled, roasted or grilled. Raw beets are also used in salads. Processed beets are also available after boiling and sterilizing in the form of pickles. 

The common recipes of beet soup, called borscht are very common in Eastern Europe. Cooked, chopped and spiced beetroot recipes are common in India. The juice of beet-root is a very energetic food, especially consumed by sportspersons, athletes. Beets are used as ingredients in the preparation of wine also. Beetroots are a good source of sugar and it is good news for all, including diabetes, as the sugar in it does not rush sudden.

Beetroots are very energetic food for horses that have been going through rigorous training and conditioning. It is also a safer food for the horses, which are very allergic.

It can be roasted to make fry curries. Beetroot juice is very healthy and can be a part of a regular diet. Other menus with it includes cakes, soups, mains and starters. 

Apart from eating and consuming in various ways, beet-root pigment is also useful to run a litmus test in your science lab or at home. It measures acidity. When acidic solution is added, and turns to yellow, when added with alkali otherwise it turns to pink. Another application of beets is, you can dye the hair. The hair can naturally be dyed with its red colour, with the beetroot juice applied to the gray hair.

History of Beetroot

Beetroot vegetables are native to Mediterranean. The leaves too were more prominent and so the beets in usage. Initially it was found that they are available on the coastline spread in between India and Britain. However, the usage of beets has become more popular when it was recognized and used by the French chefs during 1800. 

Beetroot Tree

The leaves of beets are also used just like spinach and they are eaten after boiling and steaming. The beetroots pickles are added with hamburgers and served. They are famous in New Zealand and Australia.  

The roots of the beets, betanins has industrial applications. They are used as food colourants for red color. These betanins are used in order to intensify the colours of sauces, desserts, jellies, sweets, breakfast cereals, jams, tomato paste, ice creams, etc. 

When the beet is picked, it is generally picked with its red stalk attached above few inches. These crinkly green leaves are also consumed after cooking. These are also served as spring greens.

How beetroot looks

We see beets both in deep red and yellow colors. Yellow color beetroots grow in small scale, usually grown at home gardens for domestic consumption. They weigh from few grams to some kilograms. The heaviest beetroot, so far, is 23.4 kilos. It was grown in Somerset in the year 2001.

While buying this vegetable you should look for things like fresh and crisp stem part of the beets. Tender baby beet-root can be the best choice if you love eating it when it is raw. When taken or purchased fresh, these beets can be preserved and refrigerated for over one week. 

Beetroot Varieties

Beetroots are available in variants. Most commonly used beetroots are Albino, Bull’s blood, Golden Beet, Chioggia, Cylindra, Detroit Dark Red, Early wonder, Perfected, Red Ace, Ruby Queen and Touchstone Gold. Beetroot is widely grown edible taproot vegetable worldwide and is called by various names. It is called as Table Beet, golden or red beet and garden boot in North America. 

These varieties are not limited to only red beet-roots, in fact, they are also available in other colours like yellow, stripped and white.

Nutrients in Beetroot

Beetroots are the best for the nitrites, folate and manganese. The betalains contained in it can reduce the homocysteine concentration.  Beets are a good source of acute dietary nitrate. Other important nutrients available in beetroot are vitamin B6, folic acid, proteins, potassium, iron, magnesium, vitamin A, soluble fiber and antioxidants. 

Beetroots are healthy vegetables and its juice is worth drinking everyday, which ensures health benefits to multiple organs of the body.

Beets Nutritional Value

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Health Benefits of Beetroot

Medicinal applications in ancient Roman

In ancient Rome, beets were widely used for medicinal purposes to treat disorders like fever, skin related problems and relaxation to the wounds and also constipation problems.

Beetroot controls the heart diseases

Homocysteine concentration with high circulating levels which is harmful to the heart is reduced with the help of nitrate present in the beets. It eventually controls severe heart diseases, peripheral vascular diseases and heart strokes.

Hangover cure with Beetroot

The beta cyanin which is the cause for the colour pigment of beet is an antioxidant. This antioxidant beats the hangover by speeding up the detoxification in the liver. As a result, the effect of alcohol becomes less harmful. 

Beetroot increases production of sex hormones

The boron content present in the beetroot is the cause of increasing the sex hormones production in the human body naturally.

Beetroot improves stamina

The good sugar content and other valuable nutrients in beets makes the one who consumes, to build up the body with more stamina, more healthy. 

Beetroot lower blood pressure

Since the heart function is bettered with the consumption of the beetroot, heart diseases like high blood pressure are well controlled with them.

Beetroot for overall health

Beetroot is used to prepare juices and recipes. When it is consumed on a regular basis, the sugar levels, which are about 10% of its content helps to supply the energy consistently without instant push of energy. So, the juice or eaten in any other form, the beetroot supplies longer energetic and healthier benefit to the consumed.

Beetroot fights against dementia

The blood flow into the brain would make the body to be able to fight against the progression of dementia, especially in older people.

Beetroot in Indian Languages

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Beetroot in Bengali
Beetroot in Guajarati
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Beetroot in Marathi
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Beetroot in Hindi
Beetroot in Punjabi
Beetroot in Oriya

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