When introduced in the 17th century to Britain, the red beet was described as 'the most excellent and delicate salad'.
This humble root vegetable is now making its way out of traditional recipe books and onto the menus of the hippest restaurants in town, with interesting new nutrition research supporting its strong health benefits.
Beetroot gets their distinct red colour, not from the antioxidant, anthocyanins, but from betalain antioxidant pigments. These nutrients has been shown to provide antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and detoxification support. These vibrant pigments are potent phytochemicals and antioxidants that work to protect your body from damage from free radicals. It is known that the more vibrant the colours of fruit and vegetables, the more they have to offer in terms of antioxidants.
The detoxification process of the liver, utilises the beneficial properties betalain has to offer. Phase 2 detoxification of the liver involves an enzyme family called the glutathione-S-transferase family (GSTs). GSTs hook toxins up with glutathione for neutralization and excretion from the body. The betalains found in beet have been shown to trigger GST activity, and to aid in the elimination of toxins that require glutathione for excretion.
Betalains also help the body make carnitine. Carnitine is a nutrient that helps the body turn fat into energy.
Beetroot is high in nutrients such as:
We recommend you purchase your beetroot from Woolworths where it comes in fresh, canned as well as vacuum packed. If you are stuck for recipes for beetroot, Marley Spoon sends tasty recipes and fresh ingredients directly to your door, making it easy to cook a delicious meal at home.
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