In beets, many vitamins, including iodine and iron. Iodine ensures the full functioning of the thyroid gland, and iron helps to prevent anemia.
In addition, beets are rich in coarse fiber, thereby helping to organize the work of the digestive system and prevent constipation. Pectin, which is also found in large quantities in beets, removes toxins from the body. A lot of this root vegetable and B vitamins, including folic acid, as well as magnesium and potassium, which have a beneficial effect on the nervous system.
Contained in beets and calcium, but it is poorly absorbed in the body.
Choose dark, small and without streaks of root vegetables with intact skin. They are the most delicious. Green leaves at the top – a sign of freshness.
Cooking, cut the root vegetable in half and soak for half an hour in cold water to rid the beets of excess nitrates. Peeling root vegetables before heat treatment is not recommended.
Firstly, after heat treatment, the skin is removed more easily, and secondly, more useful substances are thus preserved.
Due to the fact that beets can cause an allergic reaction and has a laxative effect on the intestines, it is administered to children not earlier than 8 months, and if the baby is prone to allergies – after a year. First, offer the root vegetable to the baby in the form of an additive to vegetable and meat puree. The initial portion is half a teaspoon.
If everything goes smoothly, bring the portion up to 25 g per month. Giving beets should be no more than 2 times a week. After a year, a single portion of beets is 50 g. With constipation, you can give an infant an beet juice on an empty stomach: 3 – 5 drops per 50 ml of hot water.
Diluted juice should be cooled.