Bring on the Beetroot!

Final ArtworkIf 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.

Beetroot for blood pressure management

Researchers have known for some time that juice may help lower blood pressure, but in 2010 UK researchers revealed that nitrate is the special ingredient in beetroot which lowers blood pressure and may help to fight heart disease.

Beetroot for the brain and dementia

Drinking beetroot juice increases blood flow to the brain in older people, which may be able to fight the progression of dementia, a 2010 study suggested.

Just eat it!

The benefits of drinking beetroot juice, from helping to boost stamina and make muscles work more efficiently to reducing blood pressure , have made the news recently. But did you know that eating 200g of cooked beetroot provides just the same health benefits as drinking 500ml of juice?

So if you can’t stomach the idea of drinking 500ml of beetroot juice a day, why not try eating red beets instead? Cooked beetroot (approximately 200g) contain the same amount of nitrate as 500ml of beetroot juice, meaning you can reap similar rewards by incorporating a couple of tasty beetroot recipes into your daily diet instead.

why not try one of these tasty dishes? Simply click to open the recipe. Remember, if you try any of our recipes, you can now leave a comment, so let us know if you like them, love them or loathe them!

Beetroot Power Salad

Beetroot Soup with Feta

Roast Beetroot, Mozzarella & Balsamic

Chicken with One Pan Roast Beetroot, Carrot & Sweet Potato

Jamie’s Rainbow Salad & amazing dressing