What is it about the humble beetroot that so inspires chefs? The taste? The texture? The versatility? Try our proudly NZ-grown beetroot and the answer’s obvious. D) All of the above. The root cause of fantastic flavour.
A rich, smooth taste that suits countless savoury pairings. It’s ideal with beef and venison, great in tarts, salads or simply with salty cheese and hazelnuts. It doesn’t matter how really – with our great flavour and a little imagination you can walk to the beet of your own drum.
So why eat Beetroot? Here are the top 3 reasons
1. Lower your blood pressure
Drinking beet juice may help lower blood pressure in a matter of hours. One study found that drinking one glass of beet juice lowered systolic blood pressure by an average of 4-5 points. The benefit likely comes from the naturally occurring nitrates in beets, which are converted into nitric oxide in your body. Nitric oxide, in turn, helps to relax and dilate your blood vessels, improving blood flow and lowering blood pressure.
2. Boost your stamina
If you need a boost to make it through your next workout, beet juice may again prove valuable. Those who drank beet juice prior to exercise were able to exercise for up to 16% longer. The benefit is thought to also be related to nitrates turning into nitric oxide, which may reduce the oxygen cost of low-intensity exercise as well as enhance tolerance to high intensity-exercise.
3. Fight inflammation
Beetroot are unique source of betaine, a nutrient that helps protect cells, proteins, and enzymes from environmental stress. It’s also known to help fight inflammation, protect internal organs, improve vascular risk factors, enhance performance, and likely help prevent numerous chronic diseases. As reported by the World’s Healthiest Foods.
If you don’t already incorporate Beetroot into your life there’s good reason to do so. Beets contain a variety of unique health-boosting nutrients that you may not be getting elsewhere. Plus, they’re delicious!