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Less pain, more gain after exercise with beetroot juice

Drinking beetroot juice after exercise reduces muscle soreness and helps your muscles recover, according to new research from Northumbria University, published in this month’s European Journal of Applied Physiology (EJAP). The authors suggested that the nitrates and betalains in beetroot juice, which have been shown to act as antioxidants, might have aided exercise recovery by preserving muscle function and reducing inflammation.

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beetroot sugar content

Sugar rush

Beetroot has one of the highest sugar contents of any vegetable. Up to 10 per cent of beetroot is sugar, but it is released slowly into the body rather than the sudden rush that results from eating chocolate.

Beetroot is virtually fat free and low in calories. Although it has a ‘medium’ GI (Glycaemic Index) of 64, It has an extremely low GL (Glycaemic Load) of 2.9 which means it’s converted into sugars very slowly and therefore helps to keep blood sugar levels stable.

To juice or not to juice?

Did you know that eating 200g of cooked beetroot provides the same health benefits as drinking 500ml of juice? So whether you are juicer or a snacker you can easily get your 5-a-day with beetroot!

In spring, it is said, a young man’s fancy turns to love. In autumn, the chef’s fancy (whether young or not) turns to the fantastic seasonal produce on offer: root vegetables, game, orchard fruits, truffles, mushrooms. And beetroot. Because beetroot can be a very exciting ingredient. I prize its vibrant red-purple hue (though it comes in a variety of colours) and its sweetness and extraordinary earthiness.

Heston Blumenthal

Beetroot is a remarkable, healthy and delicious vegetable that is fast becoming ubiquitous at the nation’s most fashionable dinner tables – the days when it was simply picked and served from a jar with salad cream have long since disappeared. It’s healthy, versatile and delicious – and finally gaining the popularity it deserves.

Mark Hix

rainbow beetroot salad

Love Beetroot rainbow salad

Different colours in fruit and veg signify different nutrients, so ‘eat the rainbow’ with this fresh, colourful salad for a healthy boost to your daily nutrient intake. Full of flavour thanks to the infused beetroot and with added crunch from the peppery radishes and peppers and mange tout, this salad is delicious served with smoked salmon.