Beetroot juice is very potent, and it's recommended that when you drink the raw juice dilute it at least 4 times with other milder juices such as carrot, cucumber, or celery. Plus it tastes better this way too! It's a beautiful rich ruby red colour and is known to help purify the blood.
Please Note: A harmless side effect of drinking beetroot juice is that your urine may turn pink or red.
My favorite Beetroot Juice Recipes:
For a sweeter drink I often add an apple, or use 2 apples instead of the carrots.
The green beetroot tops are edible, rich in beta-carotene, and can also be juiced. They have a strong flavour and are rich in oxalic acid which if taken in excess may form kidney stones. I find a little goes a long way.
This makes a fabulous drink which is best consumed on an empty stomach as it's very cleansing!Ingredients
For an unusual but delicious vegetable juice recipe that uses apples, beetroot, broccoli, nettles and lemon juice visit raw food recipes with nettles.
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A recent small scale study at Exeter University in England, U.K. found that drinking beetroot juice improved the endurance of athletes.
Caution: Beet greens and to a lesser extent beet roots are high in oxalate, and are generally considered unsuitable for people following a low-oxalate diet. Anyone with a history of oxalate-containing kidney stones should avoid over-consuming beetroot and beet greens.
Not only are raw beets a beautiful colour, but they are also packed with nutrients.
Beetroots are a good source of folic acid and vitamin C, plus they contain small amounts of vitamins B1, B2, B3, and vitamin A in the form of beta-carotene.
Rich in calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and sodium. Plus smaller amounts of iron, zinc, copper, manganese, and selenium.
While raw beets are mostly water and carbohydrate they also contains small amounts of all the amino acids (protein).
One 2" (5cm) beetroot contains 35 calories.
If you'd like more raw beetroot nutrition facts go to the USDA National Nutrient Database and enter "raw beets" into the search box.
Beetroots are hard vegetables, and will juice easily in all types of juicer.
Masticating juicers like my current Samson or Matstone Juicer are more efficient than centrifugal juicers - i.e. they produce more juice and less heat, plus they are much easier to clean. On the down side you need to chop the beetroot up nice and small, plus they cost a bit more.
If you don't like chopping then I recommend a good quality centrifugal juicer such as the wide mouth Breville Juicer JE27.
And if your on a low budget then a budget centrifugal model should work just fine.
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Creating your own fresh juice is fun, and I recommend you begin by following a recipe. This way the juice is more likely to taste delicious, and you'll want to keep on juicing:)
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