Beetroot Gazpacho Soup for a Healthy Menu Plan
Beets are ideal for individuals who are trying to lose weight and add healthier foods to their menu plans. They contain no fat and have the ability to substantially lower bad cholesterol levels. Beets are extremely high in fiber. Fiber prevents cholesterol and other fats from entering into the bloodstream and blocking the arteries. They contain an abundance of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. Beets also contain modest amounts of both Vitamin C and calcium the body needs for improved metabolic function.
Along with their many other nutrients, beets also contain manganese. With up to 16% of the body's daily requirement of the mineral, a 1/2 cup serving of beets added to the menu can help further a person's weight loss goals. Manganese is used to produce sex hormones, connective and encourage bone development. Blood clotting factors also require manganese to function as they should. The body's ability to absorb calcium, regulate blood sugar levels and metabolize both fats and carbohydrates are dependent on manganese.
Brain and nerve function are also improved when manganese rich foods are added to the menu plan. Antioxidants contain manganese and other components that help destroy free radicals. By reducing the effects of free radicals, the progression of the aging process is dramatically slowed and the risk of cancer and heart disease is greatly reduced.
While many foods lose their nutritive foods during the cooking process, when beets are cooked and added to soups and other recipes many of their nutrients remain intact. Soups make excellent meals for people who are trying to maintain high levels of energy and still lose weight. They can be eaten at lunch for a quick pick me up or served with a sandwich for a light dinner.
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