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Move Over Kale, There Is A New Superfood In Town

Move Over Kale, There Is A New Superfood In Town

Kale has been the in-vogue superfood for many years, and in January I wrote about which other superfoods are here to stay in 2018.  But even though beetroot has been a popular sweet root vegetable for quite some time, it has also become increasingly popular in the wellness world, with people even talking about beets on social media.

I love beetroot and used to grow it in my vegetable garden.  I will never forget peeling beetroot in front of my beautiful friend Ivan. "What's that Caz?" "Beetroot, Ivan," to which he responded, "Oh, I thought that it grew in a can!"

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Now I often purchase beetroot from the farmer’s markets.  It's so easy to roast them in the oven.  All you need to do is cut off the leaves, (which I use in a salad with the beetroot, goat’s cheese and toasted walnuts, and I make pesto with the leftover leaves), put the bulb in the oven, 160 degrees with a splash of olive oil for around 1.5 hours.  I always use gloves and an apron when peeling and cutting up the beetroot.  If you don't want to roast your beetroot, just boil or steam it.  Or you can juice up and enjoy drinking your beetroot, make into a dip, or make yummy chips.

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A word of warning though.  I have had many people phone me worried after eating my beetroot as it can change your urine and stool colour to a pinkish red.  They have thought they are passing blood and have become quite startled. But don't worry, it is harmless.  

Why has this vegetable become so popular?

Do not be fooled by this simple bulb.  People around the globe are discovering the benefits of this amazing superfood.

According to Health Line, beetroot helps lower blood pressure, improves exercise stamina, may improve muscle power in people with heart failure, can slow the progression of dementia, helps you maintain a healthy weight, may prevent cancer, provides a good source of potassium to assist nerves and muscles to function properly, and folate with vitamin B and it may reduce your cholesterol. Impressive!

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Beetroots also provide you with a great source of other minerals, which can boost your immune system and support healthy bones and teeth, including:

calcium

iron

magnesium

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manganese

phosphorous

sodium

zinc

copper

selenium

Beetroot is great for your skin as it is an excellent source of vitamin C, an antioxidant that helps boost your immune system, protecting cells from damaging free radicals and supporting collagen production, wound healing, and iron absorption.

How do you enjoy your beetroot?  We would love to start a forum for everyone to share their beetroot recipes.

Carolyn Rowland is a qualified NLP Master Therapist, Advanced Practitioner of Matrix Therapies, Time Line Therapist, Practitioner of Hypnotherapy, has a Diploma for Business and Life Coaching and A Professional Image Stylist.  Carolyn is happily married to her husband Simon, and raised four beautiful children, who are now young adults and a teenager.

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