FEASTLY BEETS

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Seems people either love them or hate them, judging from the comments on my previous post. I personally adore them in any form and they make a fascinating topic for research, although they don’t inspire poetry …

Beetroots are a rich source of potent antioxidants and nutrients, including magnesium, sodium, potassium and vitamin C, and betaine, which is important for cardiovascular health. It functions by acting with other nutrients to reduce the concentration of homocysteine, a homologue of the naturally occurring amino acid cysteine, which can be harmful to blood vessels and thus contribute to the development of heart disease, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease. Betaine functions in conjunction with S-adenosylmethionine, folic acid, and vitamins B6 and B12 to carry out this function.

Additionally, several preliminary studies on both rats and humans have shown betaine may protect against liver disease, particularly the build up of fatty deposits in the liver caused by alcohol abuse, protein deficiency, or diabetes, among other causes. The nutrient also helps individuals with hypochlorhydria, a condition causing abnormally low levels of stomach acid, by increasing stomach acidity.

Beetroot juice has been shown to lower blood pressure and thus help prevent cardiovascular problems. Research published in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension showed drinking 500 ml of beetroot juice led to a reduction in blood pressure within one hour. The reduction was more pronounced after three to four hours, and was measurable up to 24 hours after drinking the juice. The effect is attributed to the high nitrate content of the beetroot. The study correlated high nitrate concentrations in the blood following ingestion of the beetroot juice and the drop in blood pressure. Dietary nitrate, such as that found in the beetroot, is thought to be a source for the biological messenger nitric oxide, which is used by the endothelium to signal smooth muscle, triggering it to relax. This induces vasodilation and increased blood flow.

Other studies have found the positive effects beetroot juice can have on human exercise and performances. In studies conducted by theExeterUniversity, scientists found cyclists who drank a half-litre of beetroot juice several hours before setting off were able to ride up to 20 per cent longer than those who drank a placebo blackcurrant juice.

It is a rich source of the element boron. Field Marshal Montgomery is reputed to have exhorted his troops to ‘take favours in the beetroot fields’, a euphemism for visiting prostitutes.

Souce: Wikipedia.

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56 Comments Add yours

  1. Good old beetroot. I feel super healthy now because I eat beetroot every week.
    🙂 Mandy

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’m determined to eat it every day now!

  2. i do love beets. they always remind me of Mom.

    1. theonlycin says:

      My mom also loved beetroot 🙂

  3. slpmartin says:

    Okay…I’m going to try and find the beetroot juice…I shall incorporate my research findings in a poem. 😉

    1. theonlycin says:

      I look forward to reading it 🙂

  4. oh dear, they weren’t wild beetroot running amock among your kitchen utensils. Some pretty well tamed ones it seems.

    What a pity I don’t like beetroot. It sounds so good for one.

    1. theonlycin says:

      LOL Sidey, you though I was shoot live beets?

  5. Madmom says:

    Love beetroot!

    1. theonlycin says:

      And beetroot loves you!

  6. deepercolors says:

    I knew it was supposed to be good for you. I need to eat more then. Dr. Cin prescribes… :-\

    1. theonlycin says:

      Always listen to Dr. Cin 😀

  7. Tandy says:

    I love beetroots but they are no good for me! Dave does not do them at all 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Bad Dave, give him the facts 😉

  8. earlybird says:

    I love beetroot (and the greens on the top) but I had no idea it was SO good for me! (note to self: eat more beetroot)

    1. theonlycin says:

      Good girl, I can see beetroot sales skyrocketing in France 🙂

  9. bluebee says:

    An Aussie burger ain’t Aussie unless it has beetroot on it (I don’t have a clue why) – I use to hate them until I came to live here and now I love them, specially baby beets freshly roasted

    1. theonlycin says:

      Have a beetroot tart in the oven right this moment 🙂

  10. souldipper says:

    Pray tell, my friend, Cin, what prompts you to place boron in the same paragraph as prostitutes? I have been taking boron faithfully for nearly a year as a replacement for the deadly meds for Osteo. that only make the bones denser but horrifically brittle. Are you saying that if I exercised a little more attention to – harumph – you know – I would not have osteo? 😀 Please say yes!

  11. sue chef says:

    I love beetroot, but tend to forget about it. Great photo btw.

  12. sue chef says:

    I copied and pasted and it works 🙂

  13. granny1947 says:

    I am going to buy some at lunchtime…thanks for reminding me.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Pleasure, my love 🙂

  14. Liane says:

    I’ve heard some good things about beetroot – I love it – but now I KNOW for sure 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Off to the greengrocer with you! 🙂

  15. SuziCate says:

    I grew up with beets as a staple on the dinner table…I don’t see them much anymore unless I go back home. I recently went to this really cool giant supernmarket when I was out of town and they had yellow beets. They were shaped kind of weird and were funny looking, but I was told they were really sweet, almost a mango taste.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Oh they sound sublime, have never seen a yellow beet!

  16. Thank you for all this beneficial information. I don’t think I’ve ever tasted anything with beetroot juice in it. Does it taste anything like beets? We LOVE beets, fresh beets, not canned beets! I prepare them myself. I guess you are right that its either love or hate. I, too, have found that people who like beets really like them, and people who don’t, really don’t. Blessings to you, Cindy…

    1. theonlycin says:

      We don’t have tinned beets in South Africa, but we do have bottled pickled beetroot which is very popular. xxx

  17. nrhatch says:

    I love beets! The roots and the greens! Yummy!

    And it’s one of the few vegetables that doesn’t lose its taste and texture in the canning process. So I always keep a few cans in the pantry.

    1. I was just going to ask you how you cook the beet roots when it occurred to me that those red bulbs probably are the roots. Are those the roots? I hate appearing stupid, but just sayin’… Duh…

    2. nrhatch says:

      Not stupid at all.

      In the US, we call beet roots . . . BEETS.
      And carrot roots . . . CARROTS.
      And turnip roots . . . TURNIPS.

      If the greens are edible, we call them:

      Beet Greens
      Turnip Greens
      Etc.

      1. Thank you. We like beet greens, too.

      2. theonlycin says:

        LOL Nancy, thanks for the lesson 😉

    3. theonlycin says:

      The greens make a great soup 🙂

      1. nrhatch says:

        I love tossing greens or spinach into vegetable soup or potato soup or lentil soup or barley soup.

        I think I shall have beets tonight! 😀

      2. theonlycin says:

        Hope you enjoyed your supper 😉

  18. izziedarling says:

    Oh, cin – so glad you love beets,feel free to love them for me. I had to laugh – I met a blind date for coffee once. I ordered espresso, he ordered beet juice. The guy behind the counter said, “Dude, straight beet juice?” Blind nodded. Counter guy “Dude, do you know what that will do to you?” Blind nods. Twenty minutes later, he ran for the loo. I ran for my car and escaped Beet Man.

    1. Oh no! thats too funny. I would have done the same thing.

      1. theonlycin says:

        Me too, Linda 😉

    2. theonlycin says:

      hahaha, izzie, too funny 😉

  19. gospelwriter says:

    I’m with you, Cin, I love beets any which way. And thanks for this informative post (brilliant title, btw) – it’s always good to know that what I love, loves me back. 😉

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Ruth, enjoy your beets 🙂

  20. beets just taste like wet mush too me. i really can’t think of another way to describe them. my brother likes them though. of course.

    1. theonlycin says:

      You must have had them overcooked, Linda, I’ve never had a mushy beet 🙂

  21. Tilly Bud says:

    Still not convinced. Love that last quote.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Go on, try it, you know you want to 😉

  22. libraryscene says:

    ha! I was going to take you up on the poetry comment ’til I read the master is going to… no need, indeed 😉

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hahaha, give it a bash anyway?

  23. I love cooking with these beets, love the colours it throws, love peeling them & cutting them….. taste though? Not so much! BUT…, oh yes, there is a but…, after reading all these marvellous things a good old beet will do…., well then., I do believe I have to get over myself & into the beets 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’m totally in love with them at the moment, Cheffie 🙂

  24. Have you ever opened a babies nappy after you have fed them beetroot…. and then forgotten.
    Haha. Very special moments.
    xx

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