Get your beetroot on!

So as part of having an allotment it is important to know what you’re growing and how it have benefit your diet.

Who knew beetroot used to grow naturally on the coastlines of Europe, North Africa and Asia. They were traditionally and harvested and used for their green leaves, not something we think about at all now!

Beetroot has the highest sugar concentrate of all the vegetables. For those on a specific diet I would recommend the beetroot should be used sparingly as they have quite high carbohydrate levels.

Some great effects of beetroot.

1. It can help to lower your blood pressure, due to the nitrates found in beetroot.

2. It can help boots your stamina (slightly!) the research shows this is not as effective in elite athletes.

3. Can help fight inflammation  Beets are a unique source of betaine, a nutrient that helps protects cells, proteins, and enzymes from environmental stress.

4. Research shows the powerful phytonutrients that give beets their deep crimson color may help to ward off cancer.

5. Beets are high in immune-boosting vitamin C, fiber, and essential minerals like potassium (essential for healthy nerve and muscle function) and manganese (which is good for your bones, liver, kidneys, and pancreas).

6. Traditionally, beets are valued for their support in detoxification and helping to purify your blood and your liver.

Dont ignore your greens though! Beet greens actually have even more iron than spinach (another leafy green in the same botanical family) as well as a higher nutritional value overall than the beetroot itself.

Whats stopping making that gorgeous beetroot salad? Beetroot is easy to grow and prepare too, so why not get some growing in the garden?



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