The power of beetroot
What is in it and why is it good for me?
Beets are quite possibly one of the healthiest foods available. They deliver many health benefits which we will list below, but first what is in a beetroot?
Beetroot macronutrient break down (per 100g serving)
0g of fat
10g of carbs
1.6g of protein
- Beetroot is very low in calories (provide only 45 kcal/100 g), its nutrition benefits come particularly from fiber, vitamins, minerals, and unique plant derived anti-oxidants.
- Beetroots an excellent source of folates. Folates are necessary for DNA synthesis within the cells. When given during peri-conception period folates can prevent neural tube defects in the baby.
- Beetroot comprises of moderate levels of potassium (7% of daily requirements). Potassium lowers heart rate and regulates metabolism in the cells by countering detrimental effects of sodium.
- Beetroot help with blood pressure. Studies have shown that beetroots, or beetroot juice, can reduce blood pressure by up to 3-10 mm/Hg over a period of a few hours!
- Beetroots have a high nitrate content. Dietary nitrates have been shown to reduce oxygen use during physical exercise by affecting the efficiency of mitochondria, the cell organs responsible for producing energy. What does that mean? Consumption of beetroots may improve running and cycling performance, increase stamina, improve oxygen use and lead to better exercise performance overall.
- Beetroot is high in iron, starting in their teens, girls and women need more iron than men. For teen girls, 15 to 18 milligrams per day will fulfill their needs, while you need 18 milligrams. For growing teen boys, 11 milligrams per day will keep them strong and healthy.