Among the most common root-crops in the Slavic cuisine (and not only in these countries), is beets or in daily use – beetroots. This is a vegetable crop, which is native to the Mediterranean. Surprisingly, just the beets' leaves at first are used in the food quality. And only after some time, the root itself began to appear in the human diet. This vegetable was very popular in the territory of the Roman Empire, and it was known to the ancient Greeks.
Spreading beetroots was due to the Byzantine Empire. From there, it first fell into the hands of the Slavs, who had liked beets very much, and since then, it grows on their lands, and then everywhere in the world. In today's article we will consider the value of this product, take a look at useful composition and find that special contained in the beets, and why is it so useful?!
About Calories and Nutritional Value of Beets
In the first place, we will consider the nutritional value and calories of the vegetable. So, it contains only 48 Kcal, so the girls and women cannot worry about their figure, and feel free to include it in the diet own food. And as for the nutritional value, it is all as well very simple here. Proteins in the beet-roots about 1.5 grams, fats are practically absent, and the content of carbohydrates amounts to about 8.8 grams.
Useful properties of beets
Now, take a closer look at what are the benefits of the beets?! The answer to this question is quite substantial, and almost half of the answer lies in the useful part of this vegetable. So this root-crop contains the dietary fibre, large amounts of sugars and organic acids, there are the ascorbic acid and carotene. In general, the composition of this vegetable is really rich.
That is why the beets are used for the treatment or prevention of many diseases, associated with defined groups of organs, or, generally, for the entire organism. Over all time growing the beets, there are a lot of recipes and ways by which you can cure diseases. For example, in the simple house conditions it is very simply to check up the work of a stomach and intestines. It is necessary to take one-two tablespoons of the beet juice (before taking the juice it needs to insist of it for 1-1.5 hours), and to monitor the urine color. If it turns the beet color, this means that the intestines cannot cope with detoxifying function. And therefore the toxins and decomposition products which do not filter the liver fall into the all other digestive organs and the blood thus are poisoning the entire organism. It so happens that the urine may be slightly beet color – which means that the organs poorly doing their functions.
The beets are useful in the fight against this disease, such as anemia. Few people know that its treatment requires just a mixture of juices of several vegetables – beets and carrots, and radish. So, in equal amounts, mix the juices of these vegetables and get an effective medication. It must be taken before a meal, one-two tablespoons over several months. Also, for the treatment of this disease, you can use the pickled beet-roots.
The beets are very different from other vegetables in that they have a high content of iodine. Therefore, this vegetable will be even more useful in the prevention and treatment of the diseases associated with iodine deficiency. For example, it is used in the treatment of atherosclerosis. The beets have beneficial effects on the human body and in the cases of hypertensive diseases as the large amounts of magnesium are present in it. In turn, the magnesium helps to lower a blood pressure. There is a very simple recipe to lower blood pressure – enough to make the beetroot juice, after mixing it with a honey. The amount and order of acceptance before meals are − for half a cup twice a day.
The use of beets is also evident in the presence in it of the dietary fibre, which greatly increases peristalsis in the intestines, and prevents constipation. It is enough to eat three or four ounces of the beets per day, and always on an empty stomach. Cleansing of the stomach and intestines can also be produced by using of the beets. First, and foremost, you must finely grate it on a grater. Then, extract the juice from the gruel and insist the mass without adding any another liquid during one night. After this time, drink three tablespoons of the pulp about two to three times a day. This effectively helps pull the remains of various salts and heavy metals from the organism, the stomach and intestines, and, in the end is to restore the epithelium of the intestinal tract.
Also, the use of beets is that it has an active effect on the appetite and your figure. In this case, helps this similarly beet's pulp, but it is necessary to comply with the beet's diet. It looks as follows:
- to prepare a pulp of the 6.5 pounds of beet;
- leave it in the refrigerator for five to seven days;
- use every morning and every evening (about 0.5 lb);
- in lunch eat it with two or three peppercorns instead of usual soup.
Also, the beet's pulp is used with the mumps, and on the basis of the decoction of the vegetable's leaves, gets rid of a hernia. They did it this way − the fresh leaves of the beets are applied to abscesses or aching limbs, and also with headaches. However, in the case of the tumorous skin diseases it is advisable to apply the steamed leaves.
In amenorrhea, or a few days before the start of the menstrual period, it is useful to take half a cup of beet's juice and then do a light massage in the urinary canal area. This will contribute to an easier passage of the menstruation in the young girls and in the adult women.
In general, for the year it is expected to take about 13 pounds of the beets per person. It is necessary about 35 pounds of the boiled beets, but for the patients with oncological diseases, such dose should be increased to half a pound of beets per day. If a person has a sensitive enough intestine, it is best to mix the beets' juice with more neutral products, for example, with the oat flakes. It is noteworthy that in the autumn period, the much more valuable substances and minerals are collected in the beets' leaves and tops than in the root crop itself. Therefore, it is advisable to use the leaves of this plant in the form of salads and supplements to the soups.
The Harmful Properties of Beets
So, now you know everything about the benefits of the beets. However, now it is time to get acquainted with the warnings and harmful qualities that may await you with the using of this root-crop. First, you need to remember that it is not recommended for the persons with urolithiasis to eat the beets. This is due to the fact that the composition of this root is oxalic acid, which does not have the best effect on the work of the kidneys and urinary tract. On the internet, you can meet quite a few recipes allegedly designed to fight against stones and salts in the kidneys. However, it is better to refrain from them, as this can only aggravate the situation.
If you are sure that your stomach is very tender and sensitive, it is better to reduce the amount of the beets consumed in the diet. The fact is that it has a strong laxative effect on the organism. Therefore, it is more expedient or completely to abandon the vegetable, or simply reduce consumption to small quantities.