Some people prefer to eat boiled beetroot than the raw one because of the taste. You don’t lose any nutrients if you boil beetroot and there are benefits of boiled beetroot you didn’t know about.
Let me say this upfront, I’m not a fan of raw beetroot. That earthy taste just doesn’t go well with me. I know they have lots of nutrients that are good for my body to help lower my blood pressure, boost my energy levels, and improve my cardiovascular health. So I went to a friend of mine who loves to cook beetroot for some cooking lessons. She made a delicious risotto beetroot that I couldn’t believe I was eating beets. I even carried leftovers for the next day. She also taught me how to boil and make delicious purees, salads, and juices.
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Why should you eat beetroot?
Beetroot is very high in fiber and low in calorieswhich helps you to eat less making it the perfect food if you want to shed some kilos. You also get minerals like potassium, calcium, iron, and phosphorous, and manganese. Apart from all these health benefits of boiled beetroot, most people love eating beetroot because of its cardiovascular benefits. Beetroot is a very good source of folate or Vitamin B9 which you can also get from green veggies or foods with folic acid that have lower levels of homocysteine in your blood associated with heart disease.
Benefits of boiled beetroot
- You can eat raw or boiled beetroot or leafy green veggies like spinach and kales to get your dietary nitrates. Beetroot contains betalain that has many health benefits although no specific amount is recommended, by adding beetroot to your diet once or twice a week will give you all the nutritional benefits of beetroot. Beetroot juice has high concentration levels of betalain but boiled or cooked beets have more fiber. If you over boil the beets you might lose many nutrients because beets are sensitive to high temperatures.
- You get anti-inflammatory betalains and phytonutrients when you eat beetroot or drink beetroot juice. If you’re looking to enhance your athletic performance drink beetroot juice, but if you want fiber to help you in losing weight boiled beetroot has high fiber content. It will leave you feeling fuller for longer and keep hunger pangs and cravings away.
- Raw beets have more minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants than boiled beetroot. When you boil any vegetable for long the colourful phytonutrients are left in the water. This is a good way of reducing the nutrients concentration levels in beetroot when cooking for your baby. This is to make it easy for digestion to take place since the baby’s stomachs are sensitive.
- The iron, antioxidants, calcium, Vitamin B, and betaine make beetroot the best food for your liver. Beetroot thins the bile allowing it to flow easily through the liver and small intestines keeping the liver healthy. Betaine also helps to remove toxins and the fiber makes sure the toxins from the liver don’t reenter your body. Beetroot is also said to protect your liver from any oxidative damage.
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- You can use boiled beetroot greens to make a puree that you can apply on your face as a face mask to help fight wrinkles. The carotenoids and Vitamin A in beetroot help fight early signs of aging. Lutein is a potent antioxidant that helps fight free radicals. You can combine the beetroot with other fruits that are good for your skin to make it glow and healthy. Regular eating of beetroot has also been found to prevent skin cancer cells from growing.
You can watch this learn how to boil beetroots properly so that you don’t lose all the nutrients.
Will you now try out the boiled beetroot?
Boiling beetroots are one way of eating beets if you’re not fond of the earthy taste of raw beets or if you’re preparing food for your baby. Beetroots are highly concentrated with nitrates that your baby’s stomach won’t be able to digest and boiling them remove some of the nitrates. Boiled beetroot has more fiber than juice which is the best if you’re thinking of losing some kilos. This way you’re more full for longer and avoid cravings.
Can you drink the water from boiled beets?
Yes, you can drink the water from boiled beets. You will need to drink at least half a liter to get the same nitrate levels as you get from the beet juice.
Is beetroot better raw or cooked?
Raw beets have a crunchy and sweet taste and you can use them to make juices, smoothies, and add to your salads and they retain their nutrients and natural flavour. Cooked beets are softer and have a sweeter taste that you can puree.
Does cooking beetroot destroy their nutrients?
When you cook beets you reduce the betalians and other nutrients like vitamin C because they’re sensitive to heat and high temperatures. It’s best to steam beets for less than 15 minutes or bake under low temperatures for about an hour to help retain their nutrients.
Is raw beetroot good for you?
Beets have numerous health benefits and are rich in dietary fiber, folate, potassium, calcium, magnesium, vitamin C, etc. The beet greens are also nutritious as they contain vitamin A and C, iron, and calcium.
Do you have to cook beetroot before you juice it?
No you don’t. You can wash the beets carefully them peel the skin and put them in the juicer. If you want the pulp you can blend your beets to get the fiber.