The red beet is a food especially rich in vitamin C, with a high content of antioxidants and fiber.
It also provides carotenes and sugars in the form of sucrose.
What is your nutritional contribution?
Its water composition is approximately 80%. For every 100 grams this vegetable gives us the following nutrients:
- Calories: 43 kcal
- Carbohydrates or carbohydrates: 9.56 g
- Proteins: 1.61 g
- Fat: 0.17 g
- Fiber: 2.8 g
Properties of beet
- The leaves of the beet contain a large amount of and are the part with the highest amount of vitamin C.
- It is a vegetable very rich in sugars and that supposes a good contribution of fiber.
- It has a high concentration of iron (3 times more than spinach) so it strengthens the immune system to stimulate the production of antibodies and white blood cells.
- It contains phenolic compounds, such as flavonoids that make it a great source of antioxidants.
In fact, beet has 3 times more phenolic compounds than meat and broccoli.
Benefits of red beets for health
1. It provides a large amount of iron
The iron that gives us this vegetable is very assimilable by the body, something that does not happen with other vegetables.
Thus, beets help to form haemagglutinin, which transports oxygen and nutrients to various parts of the body.
Because it is rich in potassium, it helps prevent edema and controls high blood pressure.
Also, nitrates of natural origin found in beets help to dilate blood vessels , improving blood flow and lowering blood pressure.
3. Combat osteoporosis
It contains a mineral called silicon, which is very important for the body to use calcium efficiently.
4. Help control diabetes
The beet has a low glycemic index which helps to release sugar slowly in the blood .
It is a vegetable low in calories and free of fats, perfect for diabetics, being able to add it in their diet to satisfy their sweet cravings.
properties of beet
5. Depurative properties
It stimulates the intestinal and renal hepatic functions, since it speeds up the expulsion of toxins and wastes.
In addition, it also has laxative function, so it helps us fight constipation.
6. Thyroid regulator
People with problems with this gland need a lot of that mineral.
How to choose and keep them?
- It is preferable to choose those beets that have the roots of the same size: that way it will cook in a uniform way.
- It is recommended to opt for smooth, firm, fleshy, round and smooth specimens without spots or bruises.
The selected bunch must have the flesh of intense red color and the green leaves : that indicates that the root is young.
- The elongated and scaly skin leaves should be rejected because they will be hard, fibrous and have a strong flavor.
- If we store them in a plastic bag in the refrigerator they can last 2 to 3 weeks.
- The leaves of the beet should be kept separately, in a plastic bag, without washing. Without refrigeration they can be kept for 3 to 5 days.
- It is not recommended to freeze the raw beet, as it softens.
How to consume the red beet?
- It can be eaten in salads or cooked, although it keeps the properties better when it is raw.
- If you consume it raw you can grate it and dress it with a little oil and lemon. However, they are more digestible if they have been cooked.
- For cooking, simply introduce them in boiling salted water, without peeling, so they do not lose flavor or color.
They should be boiled for at least one hour.
- You can also prepare roasts: For that, you must put them in the oven and do not remove them until they are tender. Cooked in this way they keep almost all their properties intact.
- It is not advisable to buy the package, since it has lost much of its healing properties.