Learn what nutritional benefits come with beetroot and Brussels sprouts.
Consumption of nitrate-rich beetroot juice has been proven to improve running performance. But now it seems that beetroot can increase performance when it’s baked, too.
During an uncommon experiment 11 amateur athletes carried out two 5k runs – an hour before the first run they ate a portion of baked beetroot. Before the second run, they ate an equal amount of cranberry relish – researchers used this as it has a calorific content on a par with beetroot but without the same nitrate levels. The results revealed faster times after the beetroot pre-race meal.
Among the purported powers of these small veggies are cholesterol-lowering fibre content thanks to an ability to bind bile acids making them easier to excrete.
Among the cruciferous vegetables their glucosinolate content is significantly higher. These are phytonutrients – highly regarded for their cancer-preventing qualities. They’re also very high in folate – which has been linked to better heart health.