The Health Benefits of Eating Root Vegetables

The Health Benefits of Eating Root Vegetables

Root vegetables grow underneath the ground where they are able to absorb high amounts of minerals and other nutrients from the soil. They are also able to absorb important nutrients from the sun through their leaves.

Root vegetables can be enjoyed throughout the year, as they can be eaten fresh in the summer, and will keep well in a dark cellar throughout the winter days.

Nutrition

Most root vegetables are high in complex carbohydrates, which break down into sugar in your body to give you energy and the ability to function properly. They are also high in fiber and phytonutrients, and normally are low in fat as well as in calories. Additionally, they are generally high in vitamin C, beta-carotene, and contain essential minerals such as potassium, phosphorous, magnesium and small amounts of iron. 

Health Benefits

There are many health benefits to eating root vegetables. They will not only improve your physical well being, but improve your mental health as well. This is due to their high amounts of antioxidants which help to remove harmful free radicals and toxins from the body. Free radicals and toxins can leave you feeling sick--physically, emotionally and mentally.

Vegetables such as carrots, sweet potatoes, swede and turnips contain significant amounts of vitamin C and beta-carotene, which help to clean the blood and prevent high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke.

The beta-carotene convert into vitamin A, which is essential for the eyes to help them adjust from bright light to a dimmer light and vice versa. Additionally, beta-carotene can help prevent cataracts which can affect the eyes. Beta-carotene can also help prevent cancer, as research has shown that a deficiency in beta-carotene can double your risk of developing cancer.

Onions and garlic are very good for the heart. They prevent blood from clotting, and help to lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Adding these to your diet can help to prevent heart disease and stroke. In addition, they can also help to protect you against cancers, and build up your immune system so that you do not have to worry about getting sick with the common cold or flu.

Another great health benefit of eating root vegetables is that they can help you to lose unwanted weight. The high amounts of nutrients and soluble fiber will help satisfy your cravings for junk foods. And those cravings can make it nearly impossible to lose excess weight. The fiber also helps your digestive system and cleans it out to increase your energy levels.

Eating Root Vegetables

Root vegetables can be eaten in just about any way imaginable, and still taste great. The wide variety of flavors work well in a hearty vegetable soup, stew or casserole dish. You can bake, steam or barbecue them, and serve them as a side dish for your favorite meat.

However, in order to obtain the maximum health benefits from them you should eat them in their raw state. You can eat them plain and by themselves, or mix them in with a salad, smoothie or vegetable juices. 

  • John

    And the best root veg of all is ……….. carrot!

    Can be eaten raw – cooked – savoury – sweet – hot and cold.

    Beat that!

    World Carrot Museum