Beetroot is a dark red vegetable with an acquired taste which has been getting a lot of coverage in the news. It has been linked with better stamina, improved blood flood and lower blood pressure.
- This vegetable became popular in Roman times and it was used to treat fever, constipation, wounds, and skin problems and was used as an aphrodisiac.
- The beetroot taste is described as sweet, earthy and tender to eat.
- If you're considering beetroot as one of your 5-a-day, it contains potassium, magnesium, iron, vitamins A, B6 and C, folic acid, carbohydrates, protein, antioxidants and soluble fibre.
Other benefits of beetroot:
- Beetroot helps manage blood pressure
- May help fight heart disease
- Increases blood flow to the brain
- Helps fight dementia
- The nitrates in beetroot are converted into nitric oxide by the body. The nitric oxide dilates blood vessels, which result in improved oxygen delivery.
Beetroot side effects
There are some interesting side effects of eating too much beetroot. It can turn urine pink.
If you get kidney stones because of too much calcium, you may be advised to cut down on oxalates in your diet. Beetroot is just one food which contains oxalates, which prevent calcium from being absorbed by your body allowing it to build up as stones in the kidney.
Include beetroot into your diet to enjoy some of the health benefits it contains.