Beet, due to its moderate caloric value, can be consumed as an ingredient in salads or vegetables and used in weight control diets, although the consumption ration and seasoning must be taken into account. In addition, thanks to its fiber content, it provides a good feeling of satiety, which limits the consumption of other more caloric foods.
Beets are rich in a type of organic acid known as oxalic acid. This compound, which is also abundant in spinach and chard, has the ability to form insoluble complexes in the intestine with minerals such as calcium and iron that prevent their assimilation. However, there are people who are predisposed to forming “calcium oxalate” kidney stones, which is why the consumption of beets in their diet should be restricted.
On the other hand, thanks to the abundance of potassium and lower sodium content, beets have a diuretic action that favors the elimination of excess fluids from the body. They are beneficial in case of hypertension, hyperuricemia and gout, kidney stones (except calcium oxalate), fluid retention and oliguria. With the increase in urine production, in addition to liquids, waste substances dissolved in it, such as uric acid, urea, etc., are eliminated.
HOW TO PREPARE IT
<br>• Beetroot is a vegetable that can be eaten raw, boiled or canned.
<br>• Its main use is in salads, although it can also be taken alone, with garlic or onion and accompanied with a little oil, salt and vinegar.
<br>• To consume raw beets, they are usually grated and served with a little oil and lemon, but they are more digestible if they have been cooked. For their cooking, it is convenient to place them in boiling salty water without having previously peeled them because otherwise they would lose part of their color and flavor. They should be boiled for at least an hour, depending on their size, but no more than two. Once cooked, the skin can be removed easily and can be served as a vegetable dish.
<br>• If you prefer, they can be roasted. To do this, you just have to put them in the oven and do not take them out until they are tender. Cooked in this way, beets retain all their properties almost intact.
<br>• With the beets canned. For this you have to use vinegar or sugar that will be added to the beets once they have been boiled or cooked.
<br>• Likewise, the beet leaves can be used, cooked and seasoned as if they were spinach. We can also enjoy the benefits and delicious taste of beet juice