Body Cleaner #1: What Diseases Beets Cure and for Whom They are Dangerous

People have heard many times about the unique properties of ordinary beets.

The main attraction of this vegetable is that the beneficial properties of the beetroot almost do not lose their properties when boiled. Even after heat treatment, beets remain a source of vitamins, minerals, and trace elements from the periodic table (ranging from potassium and iron to iodine and cesium) necessary for a good diet.

You can eat beets every day. But there are nuances.

Tatyana Kikhteeva, a member of the National Association of Nutritionists and Dietitians, and a wellness nutritionist with a medical degree, told Glavred in a commentary in which form beets are best consumed and who should not eat beets.

What beets treat

Beets increase intestinal motility, and have a diuretic and anti-hangover effect. It is recommended for

  • for constipation;
  • for obesity (it regulates fat metabolism);
  • in case of liver diseases (it prevents accumulation of harmful substances and fats in the liver);
  • in case of hypertension and atherosclerosis (it increases blood pressure);
  • during pregnancy (it contains a lot of folic acids);
  • if there are problems with the thyroid gland (it contains iodine).

There is also a hypothesis that betanin in beets can delay the development of malignant tumors.

What is the best way to eat beets?

Kikhteva recommends eating beets in fermented form. Sauerkraut is the most beneficial for the body.

“Sauerkraut is the most useful because it retains all its vitamin and mineral composition and, after fermentation, will also be good food for our microflora. Cooking beets destroys fiber and increases their glycemic index, and raw beets can irritate the gastric and intestinal mucosa, which should be taken into account by people with gastrointestinal problems,” the nutritionist said.

She added that beet juice should be diluted with water.

Harmful properties of beets: who should not eat beets

Raw beets should not be consumed in case of exacerbation of inflammatory diseases of the gastrointestinal tract and urolithiasis, Kikhteeva emphasized.

“In case of irritable bowel syndrome, beets will provoke gas formation, pain, and stool disorders. It is also recommended to monitor the number of beets consumed by people with diabetes due to their high sugar content,” the expert warned.

Earlier, the nutritionist told us how to diversify our diet if we want to eat right. If you still think that a healthy diet is steamed chicken breast and fresh vegetables, then you definitely need to read this article.

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Written by Emma Miller

I am a registered dietitian nutritionist and own a private nutrition practice, where I provide one-on-one nutritional counseling to patients. I specialize in chronic disease prevention/ management, vegan/ vegetarian nutrition, pre-natal/ postpartum nutrition, wellness coaching, medical nutrition therapy, and weight management.

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