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Health Benefits of Betroot for Moms To-Be & Kids

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  • September 29, 2021
  • MKB Team

Do you know that beetroot is called by several names? This root vegetable is addressed by names like red beet, table beet, garden beet, or just beet. They also come in different colours like yellow, white, pink, or dark purple. The famous feature of this veggie is its ability to add colour; whether it is on your hands or in your food while cooking it. These have been gaining a lot of popularity and people have been adding beets to their diets. 



Today, we see people adding the beet to their diets because it has the benefits to offer. Let’s have a look at its nutritional value:

The nutritional profile of Beetroot

The beetroot comes in the package of nutritional supplements. It is a great source of fibre, folate (vitamin B9), magnesium, potassium, iron, and vitamin C. Below is the nutritional value of beetroots.

According to HealthLine, 3/4 cup (100 grams) of raw beets have:

  • Calories: 44
  • Water: 88%
  • Protein: 1.7 grams
  • Carbs: 9.6 grams
  • Sugar: 6.8 grams
  • Fibre: 2.8 grams
  • Fat: 0.2 grams

Moreover, these are also rich in minerals, protein, carbohydrates, and phosphorus. They also contain few amounts of calcium, thiamine, copper, and selenium. Adding beetroot to your diet will sure make you consume a lot of nutrition which is good for your body.

Benefits of Beetroot for Kids and Adults

The red beet has a bag full of vitamins and minerals to provide to you. It is even called a superfood because of it. These are not only good for adults but also for your kids. Beets have antioxidants, micro, macronutrients, and fibre to make the body healthy. Besides, it has a sweet taste to help your kids like it more. Just present to them in a unique manner. 

This root vegetable also helps in the digestion of both kids and moms. With the fibre elements present in it, beet comes to the rescue during digestive problems. Moreover, when you combine beetroot with carrot and cucumber, it will help in cleaning the body effectively. It also proves to be good for maintaining metabolism. 

To carry oxygen to different parts of the body and develop new blood cells, iron is needed in the body. Beets provide that to both kids and adults. This veggie can help with anaemia as well because of its iron. 

Not only this but it great for immunity boosting in kids and moms because of the antioxidants present in them. Beetroots are disliked by some people but when you inculcate them into your daily diet, you will surely get lots of health benefits. 

Benefits of eating Beetroot during Pregnancy

 

A mother is supposed to take care of her diet when she is pregnant as the fetus gets the nutrition too. When you eat beetroot in any of the recipes, you will get a lot of health benefits.

 

To start with, it helps in keeping regular bowel movement. During pregnancy, there is a chance of getting constipated now and then. Beetroot, being a rich source of fibre will come to your rescue. 

 

Then it will secure you from neural tube defects. As beets are a source of folic acid, it can prevent development issues at birth like anencephaly and spina bifida.

 

The red beet might provide aid with anaemia. When during pregnancy, there is a lack of iron, you might suffer from anaemia. Beets will help you get over fatigue and weakness and boost your daily intake. 

 

With pregnancy mostly comes swelling. The beet will help you get an ease with inflammation in your muscles. 

 

Calories are present in the beetroot that can help you in maintaining weight. Moreover, Placenta- growth restriction problem, may be assisted with beets. Though more research is needed, blood flow can still be improved through beets. 

 

It is wise to add beets in your next grocery list. 

 

Risks of eating Beetroot during Pregnancy

 

Beetroots do not seem to be a problematic vegetable. Though in some cases, women may experience pink/red urine due to beet. It can either be a sign of iron deficiency or may require other tests. It is always advised to consult the doctor. Moreover, if you consume it in excess, you may notice side effects like gas, vomiting, nausea, and diarrhoea. Nevertheless, eating beets by balancing your diet won’t harm you. 

 

Tasty recipes to try with Beetroot

 

Do not consider beet as a non-tasty vegetable. There is always a way to cook a vegetable in a decent manner. You can eat beets after you pass the stage of being nauseous. Below are some recipes you can make for yourself and your kids. 

 

  1. Beetroot juice: This juice is loaded with vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants. You can also add cucumber and carrot for more health benefits. For taste, lemon and ginger can be considered. 
  2. Salad: Add beets in your salad with other veggies to enjoy the benefits. 
  3. Smoothies: You kids will love a smoothie. Add bananas and strawberries for added taste and health bonuses. 

 

Once you have your baby reach 10 months, you can introduce him/her to beetroot for better development. It is advised to introduce your baby with one veggie at a time. The quantity should be limited to 1 or two teaspoons but you can always consult the paediatrician. 

 

Fun facts about Beetroot

Beetroot has proven to be healthy for your body. Let’s take a look at some fun facts on beet.

Albert Einstein hated Beets

  1. In Victorian England during the 19th century, beet was used by women to add red shine to their hair
  2.  
  3. Back in 800 BC, the geeks used the leaves of beet for cooking and medicine. The rest of it was avoided. Today, the beet is eaten from the top of the greens to the bottom of the roots

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