Beetroot, literally the root of a beet plant, is a distinctive purple root vegetable with an earthy and slightly bitter taste. There are lots of ways to eat beetroots, from juices and smoothies to salads and stews.
Because they’re full of nutritional value, beetroots are a great ingredient to add to your diet. Some people don’t like the strong flavour of beetroots by themselves, which is why beetroot juice is a great way to enjoy the vegetable. Here are some of the most significant health benefits of drinking this excellent healthy juice.
The health benefits of beetroots
Beet comes from the same family as chard and spinach. The leaves of the plant are edible as well as the root. Green beet leaves have a particularly bitter flavour, whereas the purple root is sweet and earthy. Both the leaves and roots are nutritionally valuable in different ways.
Beet leaves benefits
Beet greens are full of calcium and iron, as well as vitamins A, C, and K1. The plant’s green leaves can be cooked and enjoyed like spinach and can also go into your beetroot juice for an extra health kick.
The vitamin C in beet greens helps support a healthy immune system, as well as collagen production, which supports healthy skin, bones, teeth, and blood vessels.2
The root of the beet (the beetroot) is the part of the plant most commonly eaten, and the portion which is often blended to make healthy beetroot juices.
Beetroots are a source of fibre, manganese, and potassium, as well as folic acid.3 Beetroot fibre is proven to help increase white blood cells, which detect and eliminate abnormal cells in the body. Beetroot juice can also lower blood pressure4, which can help protect against heart disease and stroke.5
How to make beetroot juice
You can buy beetroot juice ready-made for a convenient and mess-free way to enjoy its nutritional benefits.
Alternatively, you can try making your beetroot juice at home in a few simple steps.
- Trim your beetroot to remove the leaves and tip
- Wash to remove any soil
- Roughly chop your beetroot
- Pop it into a juicer and enjoy your homemade beetroot juice!
If you don’t have a juicer, you can use a blender instead. If you’re using a blender to make your beetroot juice, you’ll need to roast your chopped beetroot gently for about an hour to soften. Then simply blend, strain, and enjoy.
You can add to your beetroot juice for a little excitement or flavour. Try mixing in some healthy ginger or lime for a sharp kick. You might also like to sweeten your juice with a bit of honey.
Last updated: 10 June 2020