Root vegetables have been a part of staple diet of many South American and Asian regions for thousands of years. In fact, certain records show root vegetables like sweet potatoes were an important part of folk medicine over 5,000 years ago. Since then, root vegetables have been known to support undernourished populations around the world.
Today, studies have shown that vital nutrients found in many root vegetables like vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, magnesium and dietary fibre, can be beneficial in fighting cancer, diabetes, obesity, and other inflammatory-based disorders like cardiovascular diseases and arthritis.All root vegetables are naturally gluten-free. Gluten is a compound that causes digestive issues and even autoimmune reactions in many individuals. Root vegetables are natural, unadulterated sources of complex carbohydrates, antioxidants and important nutrients. They are low in calories and have a lower glycaemic index load.Root vegetables include sweet potatoes, carrots, parsnips, beetroots, turnips, wintersquash, yukonpotatoes, etc. While root vegetables offer a host of benefits, portion control is still important when consuming them because of their starch and carbohydrate content. Following are a few benefits that these vegetables offer:
Provide Complex Carbohydrates and Starch:
Although an average person consumes way more carbohydrates than what might be considered beneficial, most people still need a certain moderate level of carbs from natural sources to be at their best. Root vegetables are rich in fibre and nutrients along with some complex carbs and starch with relatively little sugar. For an athlete, a growing child, someone looking to gain weight or someone who exercises a lot, root vegetables are a very good food item. Starchy root vegetables also tend to fulfil “carb cravings” without actually bombarding your body with unnecessary sugar and inflammatory refined grains.
High in Fibber:
Root vegetables are high in fibre and are mostly considered low glycaemic index foods that are absorbed relatively slowly. High-fibre foods stay in your digestive tract longer keeping you satiated for long. These root veggies also contain polysaccharides, which are found in plant foods and exhibit multiple biological activities along with having anticarcinogenic, anticoagulant, immune-stimulating and antioxidant effects. A high-fibre diet helps to prevent inflammation and disease formation. It is also found to be highly beneficial in proper digestion and in preventing IBS or naturally relieving constipation. Certain studies also show that intake of root vegetables might lead to a reduced risk for diabetes.
Good Source of Vitamin A and Vitamin C:
Root vegetables contain carotenoid antioxidants, vitamin A and C. They also contain Beta-carotene, a precursor to active vitamin A, that is crucial for lowering inflammation, protecting skin and eye health, as well as fighting free radical damage.
Weight loss friendly:
One of the secrets to losing weight fast and easy is to increase your fibre intake because they keep you satiated for long preventing any high calorie junk snacking in between.Most root vegetables are low in calories and glycaemic index, which means they won’t spike your blood sugar quickly.
Helps to lower Cholesterol and Improve Heart Health:
Eating high fibre foods like root vegetables naturally lower cholesterol reducing the risk of stroke and other heart diseases along with regulating blood pressure.
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