Dig Up Some Goodness With Hormone Friendly Root Veggies |

Dig Up Some Goodness With Hormone Friendly Root Veggies

Root vegetables have long been given the cold shoulder because they taste earthy and bitter. Not anymore. Beets, parsnips, artichokes, sweet potatoes and many more roots and tubers grace modern-day mains thanks to their adaptable flavours and wholesome properties.

Ayurveda and macrobiotics maintain that the way a food grows can affect us greatly. Going by that logic, root veggies — strongly embedded in the soil — are believed to keep us well grounded. They are healing and balancing for the body in a state of stress. “Root veggies were the primary diets of hermits and yogis in ancient times. We often read about how rishis and munis of yesteryear lived on kanda-moola (roots/tubers) and phala (fruits).

They tend to be lower in calories, have a lower glycaemic index load, and cause less digestive or inflammatory issues than many grains do. So they work brilliantly for the growing population of people trying to lose weight or simply stay fit.

Root vegetables can be consumed raw but because they are hard and have an earthy flavour, they are most palatable when cooked. Steaming or boiling roots is a great way of prepping them in order to mash or puree them — any root can be blended into a creamy root soup.

Sweet potatoes: Eat them to get your dose of vitamin A, potassium, vitamin B5 and vitamin C, in addition to fibre. Even though they’re ‘sweet’, they’re actually lower on the glycaemic index than regular white potatoes, and help stabilise blood sugar better.


Turnips: Turnips are a member of the cruciferous family of vegetables, so they’re related to cancer-fighting veggies like broccoli, collard greens, cabbage, kale and Brussels sprouts. High in calcium, magnesium and potassium, they’re also a heart-healthy food.


Yam: Yam is a lesser-known root tuber. It is used traditionally as a medicine for minor ailments like coughs, asthma and chronic ailments like haemorrhoids, piles, bronchitis, arthritis. It is also used for supplementing cereals and for long-term hormonal balance.


Beets: Super rich in energy, fibre, beets make a healthy supplement for athletes because they enhance their endurance during and post exercise. Beets also help detoxify the body, being alkaline in nature.


Carrots: Carrots provide vitamin A and a host of other impressive health benefits including beautiful skin, cancer prevention, anti-aging, improves vision. Learn how to reap the benefits from this crunchy power food.


Radish: Folate, fiber, riboflavin, and potassium, as well as good amounts of copper, vitamin B6, magnesium, manganese, and calcium are less prominent nutrients that support the healthy properties of radishes. It’s probably no surprise that radishes contain fiber, aka indigestible carbohydrates.


Garlic: Every 100 grams of garlic will serve you with close to 150 calories, 33 grams of carbs, 6.36 grams of protein. Garlic is also enriched with Vitamin B1, B2, B3, B6, folate, Vitamin C, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese,
phosphorous, potassium, sodium and zinc.


Ginger: Ginger Contains Gingerol, a Substance With Powerful Medicinal Properties. Ginger Can Treat Many Forms of Nausea, Especially Morning Sickness. Ginger May Reduce Muscle Pain and Soreness.


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