These days, we are dedicated to feeling good and eating even better, a goal supported by superfoods. Each year catering companies in London, see a new superfood appear front and centre. It can take place in salads, smoothies and supplements.
2018 looks set to be the year that beetroot will become the superfood star. Its deep red juice is already a staple of vegetable smoothies and the leaves are regular ingredients in heart-smart cuisine.
Historically, the root was used medicinally to treat skin problems, constipation, fevers and related ailments. Today, we know that beetroot is an excellent source of iron, folate and antioxidants such as magnesium, betaine and nitrates. In a nutshell, it is a nutritional powerhouse.
Here are four reasons why beetroot is going to be the biggest superfood in 2018.
Beetroot contains important nutrients
Dieticians have confirmed that beetroot is loaded with Vitamins B1, B2, B3, and C as well as folic acid, beta-carotene, potassium, phosphorus, manganese, zinc, copper, selenium and iron.
Beets also contain betaine, an amino acid that helps create our body’s natural antidepressants, and protein in the form of a complete set of amino acids.
Beetroot can help lower blood pressure
Studies suggest that when nitrates are eaten, our body converts them into nitric oxide, which is believed to lower blood pressure. One study concluded that beetroot juice consumption could be linked to a small reduction in blood pressure. This is great news for catering companies in London that include beetroot in their menu.
Beetroot has a positive effect on exercise performance
Another study examined research connecting beetroot juice to better exercise performance and concluded that sedentary and occasionally active people experienced moderate improvements in their exercise levels after drinking the juice.
Other studies have suggested that beetroot may contribute to better athletic performance by improving blood flow, which delivers more fuel to muscles and removes byproducts such as lactic acid.
Beetroot may be able to slow down dementia
Studies suggest that consuming beetroot juice on a regular basis can improve blood flow to certain areas of the brain. Although further research is needed, a diet high in nitrates is believed to aid cognitive function. This is good news for those concerned about dementia.
It appears that beetroot and its vibrant red juice, which is even making an appearance in red velvet cakes, are a valuable part of a balanced diet and can have a positive impact on our overall health. Catering companies in London understand balance is key.
When regular consumption is combined with increased activity, lower sodium intake, and maintaining a healthy weight, your blood pressure and other aspects of your physical wellbeing can improve.
We expect our soused carrots with beetroot sorbet, vegetarian starter to be a big hit on our Spring/Summer 18 menu. More information on the full menu to come soon.