01 Aug Root Vegetables & Why We Should Be Eating Them
Root vegetables are ones that grow under ground and form part of the root of a plant. They are generally gown best in cooler climates, so tend to make up a larger part of our diet during the winter months. Root vegetables tend to get a bad wrap for being high in carbohydrate and responsible for winter weight gain, but the truth of it is, they are incredibly nutritious and you should think twice before dismissing them from your shopping list.
When grown in good quality soil, root vegetables will absorb nutrients from the soil as they grow, making them rich in vitamins and minerals and beneficial to our bodies.
When grown in good quality soil, root vegetables will absorb nutrients from the soil as they grow, making them rich in vitamins and minerals and beneficial to our bodies. Each root vegetable has its own nutritional profile, so today on the blog we are going to profile 4 popular root vegetables, and let you know just how great they are and why you should be buying them.
Sweet potato, our first root vegetable is a good source of vitamin C, which is great for boosting immunity and helping prevent colds and flu. Perfect during winter! Vitamin C is also for your skin, helping with wound healing and eczema. Sweet potato is also high in Vitamin D, which is important for aiding in calcium absorption and bone strength. We normally get most of our Vitamin D through exposure to sunlight, something which is generally lacking during the winter months.
Beetroot, our second root vegetable is a natural vasodilator, which aids in lowering blood pressure and improving blood flow. It is also naturally high in fiber so aids in keeping regularity in the gut. Beetroot has also been shown to improve oxygenation into muscles during physical activity and enhance endurance. The perfect little root vegetable!
Carrots, another favourite root vegetable of ours, are rich in betacarotine, which gets converted into Vitamin A, This helps protect the body against cell damage. In turn, this helps protect the body against the development of heart disease, cancer and neurodegenerative disease, such as Alzheimer’s. You may have also heard that carrots help you see better? Well, this isn’t a complete wives tale. Vitamin A deficiency leads to deterioration of photoreceptors within the eye, which affects vision.
Finally Garlic, our last root vegetable has natural anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial qualities. Garlic also high in vitamin C and has immune boosting properties. It is said to be a great with reducing the severity and duration of common colds.
So there you have it, plenty of good news about root vegetables! There are so many ways to use them in cooking, from roasting, to serving them cold in a salad. Get create and if you’re posting on social media, add the hashtag #bodyandbrainclinic so we can see what you come up with! Alternatively, come and visit us in the clinic by booking with us here