Beetroot provides great health benefits. Beetroot leaves can be
eaten and they are extremely healthy as they are a good source
of vitamin A, calcium and iron.
The beetroot itself provides a rich source of potassium, fibre,
iron as well as other nutrients. The vitamins in beetroot
include vitamins B3 and B5, and vitamin C.
Beetroot is healthy and it is also very low in calories, this
vegetable is offers many health benefits - vitamins, nutrients
and minerals. This deep red, unique vegetable provides a high
The amount of calories in beetroot
depends on the way that it is cooked, for example if it is
baked, juiced or boiled. The following calorie guide can be used
to calculate the amount of calories in beetroot.
in Beetroot per 100 grams:
Boiled Beetroot - 46 calories
Fresh beetroot is a rich red colored, round shaped, root
vegetable with long stems and green leaves. Beetroot greens are
History of Beetroot?
It is thought that beetroot originated around Roman times. This
vegetable became increasingly popular throughout the world. It
is related to mangelwurzels and sugar beet. Over the years,
sugar production throughout Europe became a high demand and it
could be extracted from beet! During times of famine,
mangelwurzels became a popular food item in Europe.
Picking and Storing Beetroot
When picking beetroot, look for the freshest available. Try to
select smaller beetroots with stalks that are at least 2 inches
long otherwise the beetroot will bleed when it is cooked. To
keep beetroot at its freshest, store it in a cool place. This
vegetable will keep for up to several weeks if it is stored
Preparing Beetroot for Cooking
Wash beetroot under cold water before preparing it for eating.
Take care not to cut too much of the stalk off as this will
result in the ruby red color of the beetroot bleeding away. Do
not cut the stalk to less than 1 inch. When adding beetroot to
salad, carefully peel the skin away. Grated beetroot is
excellent and full of nutritional goodness! This vegetable can
be cooked in different ways. For example, beetroot can be baked
or boiled. Baking will take approximately 2 -3 hours and boiling
will take approximately 1.5 hours. Beetroot is excellent for
juicing and the juice will provide a lot of health benefits!
Cooking Beetroot Greens
The beetroot green (leaves) can be eaten and as stated above,
they are full of nutritional benefits. They are very healthy and
should be eaten when possible. The leaves taste similar to
spinach but do in fact have a higher content of iron and calcium
than spinach leaves! The beetroot green should be boiled for
just a few minutes, drained well and served. The greens are
excellent served with olive oil or butter!