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Beetroot
Beetroot
It's unglamorous look really doesn't do its justice. Not only beetroot is rich in flavor, but also full of health promoting properties. In particular, beetroot is known for its ability to boost liver’s detoxification functions.

ABCs of Beetroot's Nutrition

One-cup of beetroot only has 75 calories. It has good amount of soluble fiber (2.4 g), a type of fiber that can help to lower triglycerides and small-dense LDL.
Beetroots are also a great source of phytonutrients called betalains, which have been shown to have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and detoxification properties. It is for this reason that beetroot has been used for centuries to support the health of both the liver and gallbladder.
 

How to Cook

Beetroot is a versatile vegetable and can be cooked in variety of ways. You can eat beets raw (juiced or grated into salads), baked, steamed, pickled, in soups, or served as a side dish alongside entrees. The green leaves attached to the roots are delicious and can be prepared like spinach.
 

Tips

To retain nutrients and colour, boil, bake or steam without peeling first. The skin will easily rub off under cold running water after they are cooked. When trimming, leave at least an inch of the leaf stems attached and do not remove the root. The stem and root are removed after cooking.
Written by Canadian Registered Dietitian Gloria Tsang Yan Yan
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