Beetroot powder has a slightly sweet taste that does not clash with other foods. It is an ideal substitute for artificial red colours that may cause allergic reactions in sensitive people.
The powder can be used to flavor carrot, celery, and other vegetable juices, and also to color a variety of foods. Add to tandoori and other chicken recipes for extra red colour, use in Chinese sweet & sour dishes and use to colour fresh home-made pasta.
One teaspoon of beet root powder is equivalent to one beet.
Beet root is a healthy food and a rich source of natural sugar along with containing sodium, potassium, phosphorus, chlorine, iodine, iron and various important vitamins. The high nutrient value of beet root makes it an invaluable food in terms of health benefits.
Beet root prevents the accumulation of fatty tissues in the liver, especially in heavy drinkers, and it also prevents excessive triglycerides and LDL cholesterol in the blood. Beet root naturally cleans the kidneys and gall bladder, helps in the treatment of digestive disorders, reduces low vitality and anemia and helps in the treatment of hypertension and other cardiovascular disorders.
The red pigment in beets raises antioxidant enzyme levels in the liver and may promote detoxification in the intestines, blood and liver. Colon cancer research has also shown that consumption of beet fiber may increase colonic CD8 cells, which detect and remove abnormal cells.
The sugar present in the beet root is already in the more easily assimilated form of fruit sugar making it an energy creator and source of vitality to the human body.
Beetroot is an anti-inflammatory root vegetable that is known for it’s cleansing properties, stimulating the intestines for improved digestion, reduced bloating and flatulence. Beets are also a great source of magnesium, a mineral considered Mother Nature’s “relaxant”, and stress aid.
Magnesium relaxes the skeletal and smooth muscles of the body, including the intestines, and can help ease stress, and irregular heartbeat associated with anxiety. A relaxed digestive tract allows the body to pass waste more easily.
Beets are also highly beneficial in managing hormonal imbalances. Hormonal imbalances contribute to stress, rapid aging, a weakened immune system, and cell deterioration. Beets are a good source of betaine. Betaine is a molecule that is thought to aid in the detoxification process by helping to neutralize otherwise poisonous metals and substances.