The benifits of eating beetroots

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Beetroot is all in the name. Whether you call them beets, table beet or garden purple it all refers to one thing. It’s a root vegetable meaning that it grows from under the ground and the word beet almost sounds like betanin which gives beetroots it’s beautiful rich red colour or pigment. Depending on the amount of betanin in the beetroot will depend on the colour of the beet whether it is a darker red or not.
 
Why should we include beetroot in our meals?
 
Beetroots contain a variety of nutrients that can benefit our bodies such as folate, iron, vitamin C as well as being a source of fibre. Below I’ll further explain how the above nutrients have different effects on the body

Fibre

An average adult needs about 20-30g of fibre a day. Fibre is essential in keeping our gut regular and healthy movement of our stools. Pre and probiotic fibre give us beneficial bacteria that help to maintain a healthy gut. It is also important to have a good intake of water and fluid with fibre. Beets depending on whether they’re cooked or not are a source of fibre. Uncooked beets have a higher fibre content than cooked beets
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Iron

Beetroots are a source of iron and iron helps with the transportation of oxygen in your blood. Iron rich foods are helpful in maintaining good circulation and preventing diseases such as anemia 

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant amongst other antioxidants such as vitamin A and E. Antioxidants are great because they help fight free radicals in the body. Vitamin C is also known for helping in your immune health and skin health so double the win

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Folate

Otherwise known as Vitamin B9 is part of your water soluble vitamins. Vitamin B9 is helpful especially for pregnant women as it is involved in helping your cells and tissues function optimally and grow.

Whatever your reason for including beetroot in your diet is, just know that it has a wide range of nutrients whether it is cooked or raw, chopped or pickled. A pro tip is that the leaves of beetroot can also be used as you can add them to salads or whilst sauteing vegetables which minimizes food wastage. 
 
After eating beetroot don’t be alarmed if your urine or stool comes out red or pink, this is normal however shouldn’t be confused with blood, in that case you should probably consult your GP

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