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The health benefits of beetroot are hard to beat
Beetroot is the superfood at all. Nevertheless, the red vegetables still have a secondary role in the preparation of dishes. "When it comes to comparing healthy foods, the beet can hardly be beaten," emphasizes the renowned nutrition expert Anya Guy from the Mayo Clinic.
Anya Guy is a nutritionist and diet expert at the Mayo Clinic. It highlights the diverse health benefits of beetroot. According to the nutrition expert, the root vegetables are not only low in calories, but also promote digestion, prevent heart diseases and can increase athletic performance.
With beetroot for high blood pressure
"Beetroot is rich in antioxidants and vitamins," Guy said in a Mayo Clinic message. Furthermore, the beets are rich in fiber, which is excellent for intestinal health. They can also help the heart. "In fact, beets have a high nitrate content that lowers blood pressure," emphasizes the nutritionist.
According to Guy, a portion should be around 100 grams so that the health benefits of beetroot can develop. The root vegetables don't just have to be eaten pickled. There are numerous ways to include the beet in the diet, such as in salads, soups, as a smoothie or juice, as a cooked side dish, as a porridge or processed into chips. Even as a pizza topping, the beetroot makes a good impression.
Processing tip: First cook, then peel
Anya Guy also has a processing tip in store: To make it easier to peel the beetroot, you should first cook it and then peel it. This makes it easier to detach the peel from the beet.
Beetroot scores with high nutritional values
Since beetroot is around 90 percent water, 100 grams of root vegetables have only 41 calories. At the same time, however, the beets are rich in minerals such as calcium, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium and iron as well as in B vitamins, vitamin C and folic acid. (vb)