Product Highlight

Red Beets

October 1, 2014

Product Highlight - Red Beets

Red beets might just be one of the coolest vegetables around! Not only due to its great color, but also because of its sweet flavor.We love to drink the juice just as it is, but they are perfect in combination with other fruits and vegetables as a juice, but definitely work in a smoothie as well. Read up on this week’s Product Highlight!

  • Drinking beet juice may help to lower blood pressure in a matter of hours. Drinking one glass of beet juice lowers the systolic blood pressure, due to nitrates in beets, which are converted into nitric oxide in your body. Nitric oxide helps to relax and dilate blood vessels, improving blood flow and lowering blood pressure
  • Red Beets juice prior an exercise benefits the results of a work out. Again it’s the nitric oxide, which reduces the oxygen cost of low-intensity exercise as well as enhance tolerance to high-intensity exercise
  • Red beets are a unique source of betaine, a nutrient that helps protects cells, from environmental stress. It’s also known to help fight inflammation, protect internal organs and supports the body’s detoxification process
  • The red colour compound betanin is not broken down in the body, and may temporarily cause a reddish color in urine (called beeturia) and stool and it’s totally harmless
  • Red beets are high in immune-boosting vitamin C, fiber, folate and essential minerals like potassium and manganese, which is good for your bones, liver, kidneys, and pancreas
  • The green leafy tops of beets are among the healthiest part of the plant and have a similar taste to spinach, containing important nutrients like protein, phosphorus, zinc, fiber, vitamin B6, magnesium, potassium, copper, and manganese, vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, and iron

Tip: When buying red beets look for the ones with fresh looking greens. The beetroot should be firm, smooth, and have a vibrant red-purple

Tip: Fresh beets with the greens attached can be stored for three to four days in the fridge, but beets with the greens removed can be stored in the fridge for two to four weeks. Raw beets do not freeze well since they tend to become soft on thawing, however freezing cooked beetroot is possible

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