Fresh JuiceClaire’s mom is really creative with cooking new things. She made a fresh juice for Claire today. It looked so pretty that I thought there’s an artificial dye in it. But turn out it is from a sweet vege named Beta vulgaris. It is very healthy and very good for our body. Following is what I found from Wikipedia:

Beets are low in calories (about 45 kcal per 100 g), have zero cholesterol and a minute amount of fat. Nutrition comes from the beets fiber, vitamins, minerals and unique plant derived anti-oxidants.

A phytochemical compound, glycine betaine is found in the root. Betaine lowers the chance of coronary heart disease (CHD), stroke and peripheral vascular diseases. Beets in raw form are high in folates. Folates are essential in the synthesis of DNA within cells. In the root, vitamin-C is found in small amounts.

The root has an ample source of B-complex vitamins such as niacin (B-3), pantothenic acid (B-5), pyridoxine (B-6) and minerals such as iron, manganese, copper, and magnesium. The root also contains potassium. Potassium lowers the heart rate and regulates metabolism in the cells.

In the top greens, vitamin-C is more abundant. The tops greens are a great source of 30 mg or 50% of RDA, carotenoids, flavonoid anti-oxidants and vitamin-A. The leafy greens contain more of these nutrients than the root of the beet.

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