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Friday, 30 October 2015 15:55

Beetroot: Blood Red & Power-Packed With Benefits

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Hello there!

 

Halloween is coming up very soon. In Tokyo, it is the time for people to have fun. It’s quite normal to see people walking along the streets dressed in flashy costumes, and it looks like a parade. Nowadays, even in the offices, there are many companies that let their employees wear unusual outfits and work all day in them. Here some examples!

Scenes in a Japanese company on Halloween – Rank Up Corporation.

 

Speaking of Halloween, I always feel like I’m a vampire when I buy beetroot fruit juice. As beetroot is not so common in Japan, I tend to buy it when I come across it at a store. Surprisingly, beetroot doesn’t seem to be widely available in Singapore as well.

Generally speaking, fruits and vegetables with vivid colours tend to be higher in nutrition and vitamins. For example, yellow ones such as pumpkins and carrots have carotene, vitamin B & E and Potassium which works for anti-aging. Red ones like tomato, watermelon and red paprika is rich in a naturally occurring chemical known as Lycopene which has antioxidant qualities. As for the colour blue, blueberries and eggplants are known to be good for the eyes. The next time you decide to buy fruits, maybe consider getting the coloured ones!

What about beetroot then? First of all, beetroot isn’t a fruit but a vegetable. Although it looks like a red radish or turnip, it actually belongs to the same category as spinach. One famous dish which has beetroot as an ingredient is Borsch, which is a famous soup in Russia. In Singapore, I have noticed that people seem to like consuming beetroot as a juice.

Photo Credit: recipeblog.gfp-japan.com

As I mentioned in the beginning, beetroot reminds me of blood and eating it is a form of “blood transfusion”. This is simply because beetroot has phosphorus, sodium, magnesium, calcium, iron, vitamin A & C, Niacin, biotin, potassium – AND it is also rich in dietary fibre. The benefits of consuming beetroot includes a strengthened immune system, improved bowel movements, relief of constipation and prevention of anaemia. Sounds like a very powerful vegetable, don’t you think?

Despite all the health benefits you can gain, there is just one catch – you might want to mix beetroots with other fruits like passionfruit, apples or grapefruits etc when you drink it as a fresh juice. The reason is because it doesn’t have the most pleasant taste (almost like blood, one can say)!

Enjoy your Halloween weekend, and till the next time…

Cheers!

 

Akiko XOXO

 

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Akiko Nishikawa

Akiko Nishikawa

Hello everyone, I am Akiko and I recently moved to Singapore

I was born and raised in Tokyo, but my mother is originally from Taiwan, thus my childhood environment was more focused on Asian countries as I often had to fly to Taiwan to see my grandparents when I was a child.

In Japan, I was known as a beauty freak among my friends. I love everything about cosmetics and beauty products because they can really change your world in many ways! For a start, I would like to introduce some of the latest trends in Japan, and I do hope this information will help shed more light on what goes on in Asia’s most central beauty industry – Tokyo!

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