Nutritional Benefits of Beetroot and Brussels Sprouts

Nutritional Benefits of Beetroot and Brussels Sprouts

Learn what nutritional benefits come with beetroot and Brussels sprouts.

Beetroot
Beetroot
Consumption of nitrate-rich beetroot juice has been proven to raise running performance.

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.

Brussels sprouts

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.

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Written by Jenny Nickelson

Jenny Nickelson has been a sports enthusiast since childhood. Because of her deep love to water, she started training swimming in early years. Today she swears on variety and does it all: from swimming, running and cycling to fitness, skiing, dancing and mountaineering.

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