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Ingredient of the week: Beetroot

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Beetroot or beet is a red superfood low in calories and rich in essential vitamins, minerals and plant compounds, some of which have medicinal properties.

Nutrients in beetroot include folate, Vitamin C and nitrates. It is also a good source of fibre and pigments that may help lower blood pressure, increase blood flow throughout your body, including your brain and improve athletic performance as well as sexual performance.

Now let me share my to go-to place for beets any time of the week -- City Market! Anytime I am in the CBD, I make it a point to get my beet boost (as I call it). There are a number of stalls that sell fruits there, and they make a mean fruit salad with beetroot as one of the ingredients. If you’re not up to having fruit salad, ask for juice or a smoothie. They will fix one up for you real fast. I always take away some when I can.

Beetroot juice

The one thing I like about beets is that they can be eaten either uncooked or cooked -- though uncooked helps you getting more nutrients out of the beets. Like all things in life, too much of something can be bad for you. Beets are no exception. They can make urine or stool pink or red and my also cause low calcium levels.

Beets are available in most vegetable markets and supermarkets. Your local Mama Mboga might just stock beetroot at your request. With Sh100 you can get 250g of beetroot.

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