Top 20 Health Benefits Of Beetroot (Chukandar) July 23, 2017

Let me start with a quick fact.

It is believed that when a man and a woman eat the same beetroot, they are bound to fall in love with each other.  

Okay. Before I lose myself in thoughts of my crush, let me come to the point.

That’s about beetroot. Not just the fact, but it, as a vegetable, is simply the coolest thing manufactured by Mother Earth.

And also (one of) the most nutritious. I am not going to tell you how. You have to read and find out for yourself.

Why beets are hard to beat.

Beets, The Unbeetables!

What Is Beetroot?

Touted as one of the healthiest veggies. The beetroot is the taproot portion of the beet plant. It is one of the many varieties of the genus Beta vulgaris, all of which are mostly grown for their edible taproots and leaves. Apart from being used as food, beetroot is also used as a medicinal plant and as a food colorant.

Right from the Middle Ages, beetroot has been used not just as food, but also as a treatment for numerous conditions. Popularly known as beet, the vegetable is called Chukandar in Hindi, Remolachas in Spanish, and Hong cai tou in Chinese. And back in the Indian households, beets have been used for a long time as a treatment for anemia.

Beets come in a few different varieties. They are:

Chioggia, which is an Italian variety with distinct red and white striped flesh.

Formanova, which is a cylindrical beet that grows up to 8 inches long.

 Golden, which is carrot-colored but still tastes like the beet. The greens of beet vegetable are especially delicious.

 Detroit Dark Red, which is a popular variety that grows 2 ½ to 3 inches in diameter. This one can be grown in a wide variety of soils and temperature conditions.

 Lutz Green Leaf, which is an unusual variety that grows up to four times the size of normal beets.

As we have seen, beets are usually red. This can largely be attributed to betalain, a pigment that beets contain. And there is another variety of beets – the white beets. These are cooked the same way as their red cousins, but without the issues with the color (which might stain your dress at times). And then, there are golden beets, where the root is pale orange. The flesh is of a similar color – and it is firm, healthy, and sweet. Golden beets are low in calories and extremely rich in fiber. They also are a great source of potassium and calcium.

Beets are also consumed in the form of crystals – the juice of beets is concentrated into soluble crystals, which can be mixed with another drink and taken. And then, we have sugarbeet, another root crop that flourishes in temperate climates with the growing season usually five months long.

But why are we talking so much about beets? Are they really that good for you?

I mean, like, really?

Are Beets Good For You?

And, by the way, beets are also called blood turnips. They are low in sodium and fat – which already shows us why they are good. They are a good source of folate, and hence support mental and emotional health.

Beets are chock-full of other nutrients like iron, manganese, copper, potassium, and magnesium – all of which have their individual benefits. Even raw beets have terrific benefits – one of them being the ability to prevent cancer.

Not just the vegetable, but even the leaves have something to offer. Beet greens, as we call them, are packed with fiber and protein. They also contain vitamin K (blood clotting properties) and calcium (for strong bones and teeth) (1).

Beet juice can be healthy as well. Just 200 ml of the juice a day is all one needs to reap its benefits. And talking about the juice, there is one common doubt lingering in several minds – to juice or not to juice?

Even though beet juice is a more concentrated source of betalains, cooked beets contain more fiber. So, what’s the point of juicing the vegetable, you might ask. Well, here’s the point – beet juice contains all those nutrients that might otherwise be lost in the process of cooking. The juice is also easier to digest.

All of this, let me tell you, is because of what beets contain. Obviously. Which is what we will see now.

[ Read: Benefits Of Beetroot Juice ]

Beets Nutrition Facts

Check out here the beets nutritional information in detail.

PrincipleNutrient valuePercentage of RDA
Energy45 cal2%
Carbohydrates9.56 g7%
Protein1.61 g1%
Total Fat0.17 g0.5%
Cholesterol0 mg0%
Dietary Fiber2.80 g7%
Vitamins
Folates109 µg27%
Niacin0.334 mg2%
Pantothenic acid0.155 mg3%
Pyridoxine0.067 mg5%
Riboflavin0.057 mg4%
Thiamin0.031 mg2.5%
Vitamin A33 IU1%
Vitamin C4.9 mg8%
Vitamin E0.04 mg0.5%
Vitamin K0.2 µg0%
Electrolytes
Sodium78 mg5%
Potassium325 mg7%
Minerals
Calcium16 mg1.5%
Copper0.075 mg8%
Iron0.80 mg10%
Magnesium23 mg6%
Manganese0.329 mg14%
Zinc0.35 mg3%
Phyto-nutrients
Carotene-ß20 µg
Betaine128.7 mg
Lutein-zeaxanthin0 µg

So, that was all about nutritional value of beets . And now, for the detailed health benefits…

Health Benefits Of Beetroot

Check out here some of the most talked about beetroot benefits for health.

 1. Lowers Blood Pressure

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I am not sure if the sun rises every twenty-four hours, but our blood pressure surely does.

At least, for most of us. Especially with a job that demands the best of us. So, what do you do? Simple. Eat beets.

Want to know the connection between beets and blood pressure? In a study conducted at the Queen Mary University of London, beetroot juice was found to lower blood pressure in a matter of four weeks. As per experts, this is because of the presence of nitrates, which the body converts into nitric oxide. And in the process, the blood vessels expand (2).

Also, consuming beetroot juice regularly can prolong these good effects (3). So, if you are thinking of what to snack on as you watch your favorite TV series in the evenings, you now know. Consuming as much as 250 ml of beet juice a day can have effects better than most antihypertensive drugs (4). But hey, talk to your doc before you do this.

Another study conducted by the Newcastle University of London revealed similar findings – inorganic nitrate and beet juice supplementation helped lower blood pressure (5). This might benefit individuals at a risk of cardiovascular disease.

[ Read: Home Remedies for High Blood Pressure ]

2. Good For The Heart

What we saw in the above point. The nitrates in beets lower the blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease and strokes (6).

As per a study, just one week of regular beetroot juice dosing can improve endurance and blood pressure in older individuals at a risk of heart failure (7).

Another American study has stated that the ingestion of beet juice prevents myocardial infarction (obstruction of blood supply to a tissue in the heart) (8).

According to a report published by the Kansas State University, beetroot improves the delivery of oxygen to the working skeletal muscles (9). When the working skeletal muscles don’t get enough oxygen, they are impaired and decrease one’s capacity to move their arms or legs. This results in decreased physical activity, ultimately leading to heart disease.

3. Helps Prevent Cancer

Beetroot extract might have the potential to prevent cancers of the breast and prostate (10). This can be attributed to the presence of betanin (a form of betalain) in beetroot.

In another study conducted at the Howard University of Washington, beetroot ingestion was found to prevent lung and skin cancers (11).

Beetroot juice, when taken along with carrot extract, was found to aid in the treatment of leukemia. Numerous studies have supported the anticancer and chemopreventive properties of beets (12).

In another French study, betanin was found to significantly decrease cancer cell proliferation (13).

4. Good For The Liver

The presence of calcium, betaine, B vitamins, iron, and antioxidants keeps beets amongst the best liver foods. Beets also thin the bile, allowing it to easily flow through the liver and small intestine – this further enhances liver health.

Betaine in beets also helps the liver eliminate toxins. The fiber in beets clears the toxins that have been removed from the liver – making sure they don’t reenter the body.

The liver also contains zinc and copper, both of which can protect the liver cells from oxidative stress (14).

And as per a Polish study, beetroot can also protect the liver from oxidative damage (15).

5. Boosts Energy Levels

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Studies have found that beetroot makes the muscles more fuel-efficient, thereby enhancing stamina. One such study involved men aged from 19 to 38, who cycled on exercise bikes. Intaking about half a liter of beet juice a day enabled them to cycle 16 percent longer without getting exhausted (16).

And once again, the nitrates deserve the credit. Scientists believe that the nitrates in beetroot also help improve blood flow, cell signaling, and hormones – all of which play a role in increasing the energy levels.

Beetroot was also found to reduce the muscle usage of adenosine triphosphate, which is the body’s chief energy source. This conserves energy and helps one stay active for longer.

As per another study, eating beetroot gave runners a modest edge over others who didn’t – which amounted to an average of 41 seconds in a 5k run. The reason being beetroot’s ability to enhance the oxygen-carrying capacity of the blood. It also reduces the amount of oxygen the muscles need to perform optimally.

Another study showed how beetroot enhanced the performances of international-level female kayak athletes (17). The athletes had received two 70 ml beetroot shots two hours before the trials – and they had noticed a change.

Beetroot has also been found to reduce the oxygen cost of exercise. In tests conducted on exercising rats, beet juice supplementation was found to enhance blood flow to the limbs. The vegetable can also improve exercise performance in individuals suffering from peripheral artery disease.

[ Read: Foods To Increase Energy Levels ]

6. Fights Inflammation

Their generous helpings of folate, fiber, and betalains place beets amongst the best anti-inflammatory foods on the planet.

As per an Iranian study, beetroot, especially in the juice form, was effective in treating inflammation (18). Another Egyptian study found that beetroot extract could treat inflammation in the kidneys (19).

7. Promotes Brain Health

Beets are known to improve brain neuroplasticity by improving the oxygenation of the somatomotor cortex – the brain area that is usually affected in the early stages of dementia (20).

In another study, when older hypertensive adults were given a beet juice supplement (in addition to exercise), their brain connectivity began to closely resemble that of younger adults.

The nitrates in beets, as we have seen, are converted into nitric oxide within our body. This nitric oxide allows the brain cells to communicate with each other, thereby enhancing brain health. Nitrates also improve blood flow to the brain (21).

Beetroot juice has also been found to prevent Alzheimer’s (22). As per certain studies, those who drank beetroot juice had healthier brains and improved cognitive functioning (23).

According to another UK study, dietary nitrate can improve cerebral blood flow, thereby enhancing brain functioning (24).

8. Controls Blood Sugar

This has more to do with sugar beets. According to an Iceland study, the fiber from sugar beets can reduce hyperglycemia (25).

And as per another UK study, consumption of beetroot juice was found to suppress postprandial (during or after lunch or dinner) glycemia (26).

[ Read: Best Fruits For Diabetics ]

9. Aids Digestion

What are the benefits of eating beets regularly? Well, regular consumption of beet or beet products has been found to improve digestion and blood quality (27). And according to another report, the juice of white beets can open the obstructions of the liver and spleen (28). Red beets can also be useful in treating illnesses related to the digestive system and blood.

In fact, red beets have a prominent place in history when it comes to abdominal health. Romans had used beets to treat constipation and other related ailments (29).

As they are rich in fiber, beets can help treat diverticulitis (30). Fiber also aids the bowel movement and enhances the overall health of the digestive system (31).

10. Reduces Bad Cholesterol

In an animal study, rats fed with beet extracts saw a decrease in the total cholesterol levels and an increase in good cholesterol (32). Though more research is required in this aspect, the study authors believe that the soluble fiber in beets can have these beneficial properties.

Beetroot is also one of those few foods that is low in calories and contains zero cholesterol (33).

11. Benefits Pregnancy

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A study focused on the possibility of beets, especially because of their nitrate supplementation, being beneficial for pregnant women. However, more research is required (34).

Beets are also rich in folic acid, which is one very good reason for pregnant mothers to include them in their diet. Folic acid helps prevent neural tube defects in the baby (35).

[ Read: Beetroot During Pregnancy ]

12. Helps Treat Anemia

We know the deficiency of iron causes anemia. It has been found that beets are rich in iron, and the absorption of iron is better from beetroot than a few other vegetables (36).

According to a report by the University of Maryland Medical Center, beet greens are also rich in iron and can help combat anemia (37). The folate in beets is also found to fight against anemia (38).

13. Improves Sexual Health

Believe it or .. well .. you need to believe it – beetroot has been used as an aphrodisiac since the Roman times. Beets contain good amounts of boron, a mineral directly related to the production of sex hormones (39). Beets are also relaxing. Betaine in beets relaxes your mind, and tryptophan contributes to happiness – both of which can help you get in the mood.

According to a Saudi Arabian study, beetroot juice can also help treat sexual weakness (40).

14. Prevents Cataract

Beets are great sources of carotenoids that can reduce the risk of cataract formation (41).  They also help prevent age-related macular degeneration (42).

15. Promotes Stronger Bones And Teeth

Beets are rich in calcium, and we know strong bones and teeth are impossible without the mineral (43).

16. Aids Weight Loss

One characteristic that makes beetroot the ideal weight loss food is its natural sweetness. Which is why you can substitute your artificial sweetener with it. Because a diet high in added sugar can result in weight gain.

Beetroot is rich in fiber, which makes it one of the best weight loss foods. Talking about beet juice, some experts say that it is better as your body can absorb nutrients better from the juice (juicing in general, I mean) (44).

[ Read: Juices For Weight Loss ]

17. Increases The Level Of Antioxidants

This can be attributed to the presence of polyphenols and betalains – compounds in beetroot that offer it its antioxidant properties. As per one study, the betalain pigment in beets has potent anti-inflammatory properties (45). These properties help treat oxidative stress and improve cognition.

And not just the beetroot vegetable, but even the greens are rich in antioxidants (46).

18. Has Anti-Aging Properties

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Beet greens contain vitamin A and carotenoids that can benefit you from inside out. They also contain a decent of lutein, another potent antioxidant. These fight free radicals and can help fight wrinkles (47).

According to a Chinese study, sugar beet molasses has excellent antioxidant properties. The phenolic contents of sugar beet molasses demonstrate anti-aging properties (48).

19. Improves Skin Health

What are beetroot benefits for skin? Beetroot ingestion has been found to prevent skin cancer (49). Also, beets, as we discussed, contain vitamin A that maintains healthy mucus membranes and improves skin health (50).

20. Can Help Prevent Osteoporosis

We have already seen that the nitrates in beets get converted into nitric oxide in the body. One Japanese study states that nitric oxide can help prevent certain lifestyle-related diseases, with osteoporosis being one of them (51).

Another reason beetroot is good for treating osteoporosis is the presence of silica. The mineral is required by the body to efficiently utilize calcium. Having a glass of beetroot juice every day can keep osteoporosis and other related ailments (like the brittle bone disease) away (52).

According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, betaine supplements help lower the levels of homocysteine in the body. Excessive build-up of homocysteine can elevate the risk of osteoporosis, especially in younger adults (53).

That’s the list of benefits of beetroot for health. How can you enjoy the benefits? By taking the right kind of beets.

Which is why one must know how to select beets properly. And also, how to store them.

[ Read: Home Remedies To Cure Osteoporosis ]

Selection And Storage

Yes, you sure can get a packet of fresh beets from the market. The question is – how? How do you separate the best from the rest?

Selection

  • Pick only those beets that are small and firm and have a deep maroon coloring. They must also have unblemished skin and bright leaves (with no signs of wilting; and they can be moist too). Go for hard and firm roots – this means the beets are fresh as they are recently plucked. Avoid beets with scales or spots. And yes, the taproot must be attached.
  • If a beet is large and has a hairy taproot, keep it aside. The hairs are an indication of roughness and age. You don’t want them.
  • Your beets must be 1 ½ to 2 inches in diameter. A beet any larger means it will grow a tough and woody center. You don’t want that, either. Smaller beets are best. They are tender and sweet.

Storage 

  • Trim the leaves 2 inches from the root as soon as you are home. Otherwise, the leaves will sap the moisture from the root. Also, do not trim the tail.
  • Store the leaves in a plastic bag separately and use them within two days.
  • You can refrigerate beets just like any other vegetable – in a tightly sealed plastic bag. Doing this can keep them fresh for at least 7 to 10 days in the refrigerator.
  • Cooked or canned beets can also be refrigerated up to one week.

Good stuff, isn’t it? But, you can’t keep eating beets the whole day, right? Or can you?

The dosage is as important as anything else. Which is why one must know…

How Much Beetroot To Eat Per Day?

Though there is no specified dosage, beetroot is generally dosed based on the nitrate content. The ideal nitrate content is 6.4 to 12.8 mg of nitrates for every 1 kg of beetroot.

But, otherwise, there is no specific way of telling the number of beets that could be harmful. To keep it simple – one serving (1 cup, which equals to 136 grams) of beets per day must do.

If you want to know the dosage of beetroot juice powder, the packaging can help. Even otherwise, you wouldn’t need a higher dose – at least not as much as one serving of beets.

As for beet juice – we already discussed. It’s about 200 to 250 ml per day.

How To Incorporate Beetroot Into Your Diet?

This is pretty simple.

  1. One way is to intake beet juice. You can juice the beet greens as well, as they also contain good amounts of potassium and magnesium.
  2. You can shred raw beets on your salad. Grate them finely.
  3. Or you can bake beets. But ensure you wear something to cover your hands to avoid ‘red hands’.
  4. Well, follow the recipes below.

Fresh Beet Recipes

Find out few ways on how to eat beets.

1. Russian Beetroot Soup Recipe (Borscht)

What You Need

  • 1 kg beef chuck with the bone, well rinsed
  • 8 cups of cold water
  • 1 large onion and carrot, both coarsely chopped (with the carrot peeled as well)
  • 1 coarsely chopped celery rib
  • 1 sachet of stock
  • 450 grams of beets and 3 large carrots, all trimmed and peeled
  • ¼ cabbage, shredded
  • 2 large peeled and sliced potatoes
  • 2 large diced onions
  • 2 tablespoons of tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • Salt and pepper, as required
  • Sour cream and lemon wedges, as required

Directions

  1. For the beef stock, first combine the beef and water in a stockpot over medium heat. Bring it to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer gently. Skim the top surface for about 30 minutes, or until the impurities no longer appear.
  2. Add the onion, carrot, and celery to the pot. Also, tie the stock sachet to the pot handle and drop it into the pot. Cover the pot and simmer for an hour or until the meat falls off the bone.
  3. Remove the stock sachet. Transfer the beef to a bowl and pull the meat off the bones. Chop the meat into bite-sized pieces and set them aside. Strain the stock into a clean and heatproof container, all the while pressing on the vegetables to obtain maximum flavor. You can then discard the vegetables.
  4. Now, to make the soup, cook the beets and carrots in the beef stock. Cook for about 45 minutes or until tender. Remove from broth, let it cool and then shred it coarsely. Set aside.
  5. As the beets and carrots cool, you can add cabbage, onion, and potatoes to the broth. Bring it to a boil and simmer for 20 minutes (covered) or until tender. Add beets and carrots and tomato paste and salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Finally, serve in warmed bowls with a dollop of sour cream and a lemon wedge.

2. Beetroot Salad Recipe

What You Need

  • 5 to 6 medium beets
  • ¼ cup of extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons of white wine vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon of honey
  • ½ teaspoon of Dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • 1 finely chopped large shallot
  • 1 finely chopped celery stalk
  • Freshly ground pepper, for taste (as desired)

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 204o Divide the beets between two pieces of foil and bring the edges together. Crimp to make packets. Roast until the beets are tender or for about 1 ¼ hours. Unwrap the beets and let them cool.
  2. While the beets cool down, whisk the oil, vinegar, honey, mustard, salt, and pepper in a small bowl to make the dressing.
  3. After the beets have cooled down, remove the skins. Cut them into ½-inch cubes and place them in a large bowl. Add shallot and celery and the dressing. Toss to coat properly.
  4. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

3. Beetroot Smoothie Recipe

What You Need

  • 1 red beet, small, trimmed and peeled
  • 1 large apple, cored
  • 1 stalk of celery
  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • 1 cup of carrot juice
  • 2/3 cup of frozen sliced peaches
  • 1-inch piece of ginger, peeled and sliced

Directions

  1. Roughly chop the beet, apple, and celery.
  2. Add all the ingredients to a blender and mix until smooth. You can also taste the smoothie to ensure if the sweetness is to your liking. If not, you can add a little more of the fruit.
  3. Serve chilled. You can store the smoothie in a jar for up to 2 days.

There are a few other delectable beet juices you can try –

  • Simple green and red beet juice
  • Beet-ginger juice
  • Beet and pineapple delight

Not just with respect to benefits, but also in terms of ‘being cool’, beets are way ahead. Like the super cool beet facts you will read now …

Super Cool Beetroot Facts

  • Beetroot was initially cultivated around 2000 BC in the Mediterranean region.
  • When harvested, the entire plant is edible.
  • The biggest beet in the world was owned by a Dutchman, and it weighed over 70 kilos.
  • Beetroot juice is one of the richest natural sources of antioxidants and dietary nitrates.
  • You can use beet juice to measure acidity. The juice turns pink when added to an acidic solution, and turns yellow when added to an alkali.
  • There is a belief persisting in several cultures that a man and a woman eating from the same beetroot are bound to fall in love with each other.
  • Boiling beets in water and massaging the water into your scalp each night can be a great cure for dandruff.
  • Eating too much of beets can turn your urine red. Even more of the vegetable can turn your stools red. (Guess this is not so super cool!)

Other Uses Of Beetroot

Not much to discuss about beet uses here, other than what we already saw.

Except that you can use beets to dye your hair. So, if you are a hairstyle/hair color aficionado, this could be for you.

Till now, we have seen how to include beets in your diet. But how about including them in your beauty routine as well?

  • One routine you can try is the beet, rose, and black tea hair rinse. The procedure is simple. Take one cup of beet juice, and half a cup each of rose water and black tea. Mix them and massage it directly on your scalp. Work this treatment from the ends to the roots of your hair. Leave it on for about 10 minutes and then rinse well. The black tea in the rinse is loaded with tannins (that help in the dyeing process) and antioxidants (that are great for hair and scalp health).
  • You can also use beet green juice for the same purpose as beets. Beet greens are powerful cleansers. They cleanse the blood and kidneys – which is another reason they are a must-have. And also, this is another reason you must intake it in moderation.
  • Beetroot powder has its uses too. You can use the powder in your soups for some variation in taste. You can also add the powder to curries or gravies to up their nutritional value. Or use the powder as a dry coating to snacks. Or simply as a food colorant.

Or best – as a powder blush. Sounds cool, doesn’t it? You can have your very own organic blush, minus the chemicals. And also, a simple     hair dye – by mixing beet powder with henna and applying to your        tresses as you normally do.

But how do you get beetroot powder? One way is to simply purchase it. Which you can do from here. The other way is to prepare it yourself at home. Which also is simple. And healthier.

All you need to do is wash the beetroot thoroughly first. Boil, bake or steam it. Cut the tops of the beet and discard them. Shred the beet. Next, dehydrate the beetroot (a temperature of 60o C is fine). You can use a dehydrator or an oven for this purpose (it must take 8-10 hours). Dehydrating in the sun is a bad idea as the process might take days.

Once done, grind the dehydrated beet in a food processor. Your beet powder is ready!

A couple of very important questions. One, beet juice or cooked beets? Which one to go for?

Betalains and other nutrients are usually lost in the cooking process. That way, juicing is better. But cooked beets usually contain more fiber than beet juice – as much of the fiber is filtered in the juicing process. The best way to go about it is having beet juice with the pulp.

And two, beet juice or beet supplement – which is better?

Regarding comfort, beet supplement is better. Probably. Because all you need to do is pop a pill, and you are done (or add the powder to your food, if it’s a powdered supplement). Also, a beet supplement is far lower in calories as compared to beet juice. But then, the beet supplement might also be lower in carbs and fat (which could be good news) and protein (now, that’s bad).

In terms of nutrients or nitrates, both are similar. And in terms of sugar, the juice is on the higher end. But otherwise, there is no drastic difference between the two. Simply put – if you are more on the move and literally can’t make time to prepare juice out of beets, go with the supplement. Or else, the juice is good.

So far so good.

So, this was about health benefits of beets. Beets might be purple, but we must never forget that they also harbor a dark side…

Beetroot Side Effects

  • Might Cause Kidney Stones

Beets and beet greens are high in oxalate, and as per research, such foods can reduce the absorption of calcium (54). Consuming high amounts of oxalate can also cause kidney stones.

  • Pregnancy And Breastfeeding

No sufficient information in this regard – especially with respect to using beets in large medicinal amounts (55). Stay safe and just stick to food amounts.

  • Dangers Of Beet Juice

Though the research is limited, it is said that beet juice must never be had by itself. It always is recommended to have beet juice mixed with other vegetables or apple juice. Pure beet juice (direct from the bulb or greens) might paralyze the vocal chords, make one break out in hives, increase heart rate, or even cause chills and fever. It can also cause liver toxicity, diarrhea, and vomiting.

There is no sufficient research to substantiate this. But it’s better to be safe, isn’t it? Also, do consult your doctor.

  • Drug Interactions

Vitamin K can interact with warfarin, an anticoagulant medication. Though the amount of vitamin K in beets is not so high to interfere with warfarin, it is not the case with beet greens as they are high in vitamin K.

Well, you still have questions, don’t you? Worry not – we have them covered!

[ Read: Side Effects Of Beetroot ]

Expert’s Answers for Readers Questions

Is it okay to eat beetroot daily?

You can safely eat beets a few times a week. If you are eating daily, it’s fine, but do so in limited quantities. You can have beet greens in larger quantities as well (but keep in mind the oxalate content).

Can you eat beets raw?

Very much. You can eat beets without cooking them. Wash them properly, though.

How do I eat beets?

You can eat them raw (as we already discussed). Or have them roasted with goat cheese. You can also include them in a salad. Or best – refer to the recipes in this post.

Are pickled beets good?

They are more than good. In fact, Olympians use pickled beets for faster recovery. Pickled beets contain sodium that helps prevent muscle cramps. They are also rich in magnesium and potassium. They are good for the heart, give you energy, and prevent fatigue and loss of appetite.

But since they are high in sodium, exercise caution – especially if you have hypertension issues.

How many calories in beetroot?

100 grams of beets contain 43 calories.

Can you eat beet skin?

Yes. Baby beets are especially easy to eat as their skin is tender. And the skin is replete with fiber.

And, what about beet stems?

Yes. They are full of nutrients. But since they are extremely fibrous, you probably need to soften them a bit by cooking. Sometimes, beet stems can be too woody to eat, which is when they can go along with the stock veggies.

Are canned beets healthy?

Very much. Not just in terms of convenience, cost, or shelf life, but also in terms of nutrient content. Unlike other vegetables, canned beets have a flavor that rivals fresh beets.

They also have the same nutritional value. Pretty much.

The only consideration is canned beets contain more salt than fresh ones. Hence, if you rinse canned beets before eating them, you can reduce the amount of sodium by as much as 40%. Also, the process of canning destroys the bacteria – which is why food preservatives are not added to canned beets.

Are beets good for babies?

Yes. And the best time to introduce beets to your baby is when (s)he is 8 to 10 months old. And if you are concerned about nitrates, you can either boil or steam the beets.

Limit to 1 to 2 teaspoons of beets till your baby is one year old. Post that, you can increase the amount gradually.

More importantly, do the 4-day test. You must do this test before introducing any new food to your baby. And you must introduce only one food at a time. Introduce beets and wait for 4 days. If there is no symptom of any allergy, you can give them to your baby regularly.

Beets benefit your baby in numerous ways – they reduce the risk of anemia, improve digestion, and offer various other essential nutrients.

Can beet greens be eaten raw?

Yes – but it is better to include them in salads.

Beets are unbeatable. That sums up everything.

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  • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/bhoomidutta/ Bhoomidutta

    Its a really nice tasty vegetable.. that does wonders to our body.. :) My dadi always said.. it purifies the blood too.. making you look more red!! n i really like having this in my salad dish.. :)

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/nimratachowan/ Nimrata

    Good one:) Yep beetroot does wonders, drinking beetroot root juice everyday helps to purify blood

  • Nithila AP Yadav

    yes that is so true :)

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hi Jaya, thanks a lot for sharing your tips and suggestion with us! I am sure a lot of our readers will benefit with this remedy.