HOW TO STAY IN TOUCH WITH CULTURE WHEN SELF-ISOLATING

HOW TO STAY IN TOUCH WITH CULTURE WHEN SELF-ISOLATING

Have you been wondering what to do during long days and weeks, when you need to stay at home because of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has hit us so unexpectedly?

TV series and movies from well-known broadcast platforms have already bored you?

Watching the news repeatedly several times a day is not as exciting and invigorating as participating in cultural events.

Reading books is great, but sometimes we need a break, even from the loved ones.

You need something to spice up your life and give yourself various types of entertainment, simply to stay sane during self-isolation at home.

We have good news for you – many cultural institutions such as theatres, opera houses, concert halls and museums that are currently closed are available online.

Thanks to the fact that lots of cultural organizations are so brilliant and generous, we can watch performances, concerts, world-class artists, virtual tours, etc. without leaving home.

So, let’s participate in cultural life from around the world, while following the authorities’ recommendation to stay home, not only to protect your health but also to protect the health of others and not to overload healthcare services that are very busy at this time.

Check out our list below and choose something for yourself:

  • Dance
  • Opera
  • Theatre
  • Concerts
  • Museums and more.

It is amazing how many different things you can do without leaving your sofa at home!

DANCE

As we love to watch dance let’s start with these:

  1. The Royal Opera House shut its doors, but it has opened up its archive. Upcoming Royal Ballet performances:

Peter and the Wolf, The Royal Ballet, 2010 – 27 March 2020, 7pm GMT

The Metamorphosis, The Royal Ballet, 2013 – 17 April 2020, 7pm BST

https://www.roh.org.uk/news/the-royal-opera-house-launches-a-programme-of-free-online-content-for-the-culturally-curious-at-home

  1. Marquee TV. This is one of our most favourite platforms recently, so we want to share it with you:

https://www.marquee.tv/

Performing arts streaming service Marquee TV, showing international performances and events of various genres. This time in collaboration with the Royal Opera House will bring to you the very best of world-class performances on demand. You can find there dance, opera, theatre and documentaries. Get 30 days free trial!

https://www.marquee.tv/viewplans

https://www.marquee.tv/categories-contemporarydance

https://www.marquee.tv/categories-ballet

  1. Gandini Juggling

Ensemble of jugglers, they are constantly creating new works, which range from radical art/juggling fusions to accessible theatrical performances, from choreographic studies to commercially commissioned routines.

They aim to reposition juggling as a versatile, engaging and susceptible art form for our times by engaging in a complex dialogue with the audience, demanding the viewers’ engagement, transcending cultural barriers and stimulating imaginations.

http://www.gandinijuggling.com/en/our-shows

‘Smashed’, we really enjoyed watching this performance last night. Highly recommended! https://vimeo.com/210302903

 

OPERA

 ‘If you want to feel like you belong to something higher, to something even beyond this universe, then go to the opera!’ – Mehmet Murat Ildan.

  1. Metropolitan Opera Nightly Streams

During this difficult time, each day, a different encore presentation from the company’s Live in HD series is being made available for free streaming on the Met website.

Each performance will be available for a period of 23 hours, from 7:30 p.m. EDT (Eastern Daylight Time) until 6:30 p.m. the following day.

The schedule will include outstanding complete performances from the past 14 years of cinema transmissions, starring all of opera’s greatest singers.

https://www.metopera.org/

The streams are also available through the Met Opera on Demand apps for Apple, Amazon, and Roku devices and Samsung Smart TV

 

  1. The Royal Opera House

ROH will be offering a free programme of curated online broadcasts, musical master classes and cultural insights.

As productions and events are postponed at the Royal Opera House and around the world, they have created a schedule of free broadcasts and live content that audiences can access for free anywhere, anytime across the globe, bringing both ballet and opera to every home and every device.

This will include the following productions offered on demand and for free via the ROH’s Facebook and YouTube channels:

  • Acis and Galatea, The Royal Opera, 2009     – 3 April 2020, 7pm BST
  • Così fan tutte, The Royal Opera, 2010             – 10 April 2020, 7pm BST

https://www.roh.org.uk/news/the-royal-opera-house-launches-a-programme-of-free-online-content-for-the-culturally-curious-at-home

 

  1. OperaVision

This is an opera site for the connected world. Watch live streams as the operas themselves unfold in the opera house. View your favourite performances, subtitled, on-demand. Learn about the art form and specific productions by browsing their richly populated digital library, stories, and articles. Discover resources for young audiences and for artistic career development. In English, French, and German, thoughtfully curated, and free to browse and explore.

https://operavision.eu/en/library/%C3%B3peras

 

  1. Marquee TV

Invites you to world-class opera events.

Free 30 days access to admire the best artists’ voices you will find here:

https://www.marquee.tv/categories-opera

 

THEATRE

 

  1. Broadway – stream your favourite Broadway hits! Anytime, anywhere!

Start your 7-day free trial by clicking a plan:

https://www.broadwayhd.com/

 

  1. Marquee TV

Various plays on demand.

https://www.marquee.tv/categories-theatre

More details about Marquee TV you can find above.

Individual plays:

  1. ‘Key Change’, winner of The Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award 2015, premiered in New York in 2016 and was the prestigious New York Times Critics’ Pick.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjBimF0AfEs#action=share

  1. ‘I and You’, starring Arya Stark herself and Maisie Williams. It’s a two-hander, also featuring Zach Wyatt, appropriately exploring isolation and also hymning the wisdom of Walt Whitman.

Written by the US playwright Lauren Gunderson, the production was filmed at Hampstead Theatre in 2018.

It’s available for a week from 23 March.

https://www.hampsteadtheatre.com/news/2020/march/i-and-you-starring-maisie-williams-streaming-for-free-from-monday-23-on-igtv/

  1. ‘5 Soldiers: The Body is Frontline’

Rosie Kay’s extraordinary 5 Soldiers: The Body is the Frontline is now available online; you can watch it from the comfort of your own sofa. Performing in close quarters to a score that mixes punk and opera, Kay’s the phenomenal company bring home the horror of combat and disarm audiences.

http://www.5soldiers.co.uk/

For a limited time, they are making ‘5 Soldiers’ available for free for online viewers.

 

MUSEUMS

  1. The Guggenheim Museum

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation collects, preserves, and interprets modern and contemporary art, and explores ideas across cultures through dynamic curatorial and educational initiatives and collaborations. With its constellation of architecturally and culturally distinct museums, exhibitions, publications, and digital platforms, the foundation engages both local and global audiences.

https://artsandculture.google.com/streetview/solomon-r-guggenheim-museum-interior-streetview/jAHfbv3JGM2KaQ?hl=en&sv_lng=-73.95902634325634&sv_lat=40.78285751667664&sv_h=104.31977957280068&sv_p=7.629461338775684&sv_pid=MfnUmHRyOSzMtY3vtYU05g&sv_z=0.2739310462916823

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      1. Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

    The museum’s collections tell the history of the planet and are a record of human interaction with the environment and one another. Because of the boundless curiosity of our researchers, the breadth and depth of our scientific collections, and our ability to inspire future generations of scientists, we have a vital role to play. Here people can both discover the world and learn to become better stewards of it.

    https://naturalhistory.si.edu/visit/virtual-tour/current-exhibits

     

    3. MoMA The Museum of Modern Art

      1. Today MoMA’s rich and the varied collection offers a panoramic overview of modern and contemporary art, from the innovative European painting and sculpture of the 1880s to today’s film, design, and performance art. Collection highlights include Claude Monet’s Water Lilies, Vincent van Gogh’s The Starry Night, and Pablo Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, along with more recent works by Andy Warhol, Elizabeth Murray, Cindy Sherman, and many others.

        The Museum presents an active schedule of modern and contemporary art exhibitions, over 1,000 film screenings a year, and a wide range of educational programming, from artist talks to family workshops. The Museum welcomes approximately 3 million visitors every year and has more than 130,000 members.

        https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions

        https://artsandculture.google.com/exhibit/sophie-taeuber-arp/swKioHNhYqZoLw

         

        1. Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City

        The Met Collection

        When The Met was founded in 1870, it represented more than 5,000 years of art from across the globe, from the first cities of the ancient world to the works of our time, for everyone to experience and enjoy.

        https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/

        https://www.metmuseum.org/art/online-features/met-360-project

         

        1. Vatican Museums

        A dynamic museum where tradition and innovation find a perfect synthesis, able to render concrete what the Roman Church has pursued for centuries in her cultural institutions.

        Egyptian, Etruscan, Greek and Roman, Christian, and epigraphic, paintings of several centuries and the great Renaissance of Raphael and Michelangelo in the “Rooms” and the Sistine Chapel. And then there are the decorative arts, the ethnological collections, the historical collections, the carriages and the papal berlins, up to modern and contemporary art.

        You can take the virtual tour at:

        http://www.museivaticani.va/content/museivaticani/en/collezioni/musei/museo-pio-clementino/tour-virtuale.html

      CLASSICAL CONCERTS

       

      1. Berliner Philharmoniker

      The great conductors and soloists of our time; more than 40 live broadcasts in High Definition every season; hundreds of archive concerts covering six decades. Free interviews and concert introductions. Exciting documentaries and artist portraits. Free Education Programme concerts for the whole family.

      Redeem the voucher code BERLINPHIL by 31 March and receive free access to all concerts and films in the Digital Concert Hall.

      https://www.digitalconcerthall.com/en/live

       

      1. Budapest Festival Orchestra – Live streaming from Budapest

      The BFO is rated among the top ten orchestras in the world. The orchestra regularly performs at the most important concert venues of the international music scene, including Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center in New York, the Musikverein in Vienna and the Royal Albert Hall and Barbican Centre in London.

      The BFO’s innovative concerts, such as the Autism-friendly Cocoa Concerts, Surprise Concerts, and musical marathons, are well known around the world. The Midnight Music concerts attract young adults, while the Dancing on the Square project integrates disadvantaged children. The orchestra promotes free Community Weeks and co-produces the Bridging Europe festival with Müpa Budapest.

      https://bfz.hu/en/media/quarantine-soirees/?fbclid=IwAR1h42RJSkLmk6SaB5_qTjpYF1aE7W02B_YEQiku85sMgh9wj2NuqTaYAv4

       

      Other great orchestras online:

       

      OTHER INTERESTING WEBSITES:

      1. Stages Around the WordIf you are interested in how well-known stages look like, you can admire 11 Dramatic Virtual Tours of Stages Around The World:

      https://artsandculture.google.com/theme/11-dramatic-virtual-tours-of-stages-around-the-world/1gJiszMqltReJA

      1. The Monterey Bay Aquarium – an aquarium unlike any other.

      The Monterey Bay Aquarium is a non-profit organization. From sea otters to seaweeds, their unique oceanfront location and timeless galleries bring the wonders of the ocean to life for their visitors.  People can stay connected during closure by following social media channels and viewing their live webcams.

      https://www.montereybayaquarium.org/animals/live-cams 

      IS CAPRESE SALAD HEALTHY?

      IS CAPRESE SALAD HEALTHY?

       

      Have you ever wondered if Caprese salad is a healthy option for lunch or light dinner?

      The answer is YES: this dish is low in calories (just do not overdo it with the amount of mozzarella) and all its ingredients can benefit your health!

      Insalata Caprese is one of the Italian’s most popular dishes. Apart from being healthy, it tastes great. And because of its colours, it also looks beautiful. They say that this is an Italian national dish, because it is composed of three colours that we know from the Italian flag: green, white and red.

      And you can have this healthy and tasty dish on your table ready in 5 minutes, amazing, isn’t it?

      But what exactly makes Caprese salad a healthy choice for you?

      As we already mentioned all Insalata Caprese ingredients are healthy, so let’s look at them in more detail.

       

      WHY TOMATOES IN CAPRESE SALAD CAN BENEFIT YOUR HEALTH ?

      Tomatoes provide few calories and are alkalizing, which means they help build a balanced environment in your body. They are invaluable in anti-obesity diets, as well as help in diabetes, rheumatism, arthritis, gout, kidney and heart disease.

      Tomatoes are a source of vitamins and nutrients.

      They are rich in:

      • beta carotene (provitamin A),
      • vitamins C, K, E, B3, B6, B9 (folic acid) and H (biotin).

      Tomatoes are very rich in minerals, such as:

      • potassium,
      • magnesium,
      • copper and manganese.

      Tomatoes are also extremely rich in lycopene, a valuable antioxidant that gives tomatoes a red colour. Lycopene is an antioxidant that has up to twice the power of neutralizing free radicals than the generally known beta-carotene. By protecting our cells against the harmful effects of free radicals, lycopene thereby protects our body against cancer, heart disease, cataracts and many other diseases.

      When preparing your Caprese salad you might consider using organic tomatoes; they contain three times as much lycopene as traditional tomatoes.

      TIP for eating tomatoes:

      If you have sensitive digestive tract, it is worth depeeling them before eating.

       

       

      WHAT MAKES MOZZARELLA A HEALTHY CAPRESE SALAD INGREDIENT? 

      You can’t imagine a portion of your healthy Caprese salad without mozzarella, can you? And you will be happy to know that indeed, mozzarella is a source of health and vitality!

      This specific cheese is not only delicious, but also contains many important vitamins and compounds that have a positive effect on our body. Although mozzarella has approximately 15 grams of fat in 100 grams of chese and is therefore quite caloric, we should not be afraid of it. These types of fatty acids are very diverse. One of the basic compounds is conjugated linoleic acid (popular CLA), which helps burn fat, exhibits antibacterial activity and builds muscle tissue.

      Mozzarella is also a source of vitamins (relatively much of vitamin B2 and E) and minerals, especially potassium and calcium. 

      100g mozzarella is 280 kcal, which is not that much, bearing in mind other healthy benefits described above.

      TIPS for eting mozzarella cheese:

      Avoid swollen packaging that may suggest poor storage as the cheese content may be sour and rubbery.
      If you can’t eat all the cheese at once, it’s good to pour the whey into a jar to keep the mozzarella leftovers in it. However, if you forget about this, don’t worry, you can also use milk instead. The most important thing to remember is not to store mozzarella dry, because it will not only lose its taste and consistency, but will also quickly go bad.

       

       

       

       

      BASIL, NOT ONLY A DECORATION TO YOUR CAPRESE SALAD

      Of course basil with its rich green colour makes insalata Caprese pleasing for your eyes but it also offers much more to your whole body!

      There is only 23 kcal in 100 g of basil leaves, so this is almost unnoticeable.

      Basil medicinal properties are many. Firstly, it improves digestion and facilitates the absorption of nutrients from food. It also prevents stomach cramps and can be used for indigestion and flatulence. Secondly, it helps in combating a lack of appetite. In addition, it is used as a means of preventing vomiting and nausea.
      Moreover, basil has a melissa-like effect: it works as an antidepressant, improves mood, helps fight insomnia, reduces hyperactivity.

      In addition basil contains a very large amount of vitamin K (20 grams of basil leaves covers the daily requirement). It also contains other important ingredients: vitamins A and C, manganese, copper, calcium, magnesium and iron.
      The flavonoids contained in basil provide protection for the body at the cellular level, and they also have anti-aging effects, because they counteract the influence of free radicals.

      The essential oils contained in basil and their ingredients are important in preventing the growth of bacteria in your body. Also, such bacteria that show high resistance to conventional drugs. Basil has a positive effect on the body’s immune system.

      TIPS how to buy and store basil:

      When buying basil, pay attention to the appearance of the leaves – they should be free from yellow or dark spots. The color of the leaves should be green and deep. The basil can be stored in the fridge for a few days in a closed jar or plastic container.

       

       

       

       

      EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL: LAST BUT NOT LEAST INGREDIENT WHICH MAKES YOUR CAPRESE SALAD A HEALTHY DISH!

      Extra virgin olive oil contains a number of important ingredients, which are good for your health.

      Extra virgin olive oil is obtained from the first cold pressing and it contains completely natural fat, without any additives. It should have a greenish color; it should be dense and rather thick.
      It is recommended to use it as a preventive measure – for health purposes – it can also be used as an addition to salads, but preferably raw.

      Phenols found in olive oil have proven antioxidant activity and are effective in the prevention of many civilization diseases. Monounsaturated fatty acids have a positive effect on the level of total cholesterol and LDL in blood serum and have antiatherosclerotic effect.

      3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil contain approx. 360 kcal.

      TIPS when buying olive oil:

      Buy it in a packaging that protects it from a daylight, like a dark glass bottle or can.
      Remember that extra virgin olive oil is the best when consumed raw.
      For frying other types of oil are recommended.

      If after all that reading you feel like preparing your Caprese salad right now, just check our recipe here.

      Buon appetito!

      All health content on canvassimo.co.uk is provided for general information only, and should not be treated as a substitute for the medical advice of your own doctor or any other health care professional. If you have any concerns about your general health, you should contact  your local health care provider. 

       

      6 HEALTH AND NUTRITION BENEFITS OF ZUCCHINI

      6 HEALTH AND NUTRITION BENEFITS OF ZUCCHINI

      Zucchini (also known as courgette) is a summer squash in the Cucurbitaceae plant family, alongside for instance cucumbers or melons. We love using zucchini in our recipes as it offers some fantastic health and nutrition benefits plus it can be eaten in so many different forms! Take a look at how using zucchini can improve your health and add diversity to your recipes.

      1.  Zucchini does not accumulate heavy metals

      Zucchini does not accumulate heavy metals or nitrates present in fertilizers. So it is a safe vegetable, recommended even for young children.

      2.  Great for those on a diet

      • Zucchini is a dietary and low-calorie vegetable with a neutral taste.
      • You can eat it in large quantities, because its calorific value is relatively low. 100 g of fresh zucchini contains only about 21 kcal, as it is built in 90% of water. 
      • The amount of carbohydrates in it is very small, which is why zucchini is one of the vegetables recommended in diets limiting their consumption: low carbohydrate diet, ketogenic diet, Atkins diet, or paleo diet.
      • Zucchini has a low glycemic index of 15, so it can be included in the diet of people with diabetes.

       3.  Source of vitamins and minerals

      • Zucchini is a good source of vitamin A (necessary for proper vision and good immunity) – 100 g of zucchini contains about 210 µg of this compound (daily requirement of vitamin A in an adult is 700 – 900 µg). 
      • Zucchini also contains B vitamins (needed, among others, for the proper functioning of the nervous system, including the brain and efficient digestion)
      • and vitamin C, which supports the absorption of iron, strengthens the immune system, and is needed for the development and regeneration of tissues and good condition of teeth and gums. 
      • Please note that vitamins A, B and C are sensitive to high temperature, which is why very young courgettes should be eaten raw together with the skin. 
      • Zucchini also contains cartenoids: alpha- and beta-carotene, zeoxanthin, lutein and minerals: potassium, sodium, iron, magnesium, zinc, phosphorus, manganese, copper.

       

       

      4. Disease prevention

      • Zucchini is recommended to support an anti-cancer diet. Scientists are arguing that this vegetable reduces the risk of cancer of the digestive organs (including stomach, pancreas, large intestine and mouth). 
      • Zucchini is also worth considering because of the presence of lutein and zeaxanthin – plant pigments that protect the retina of the eye, reducing the risk of AMD (age-related macular degeneration), a disease that can even lead to blindness.

      5.  Help in digestive processes

      • Zucchini is easily digestible and the potassium contained in it prevents water retention in the body.
      • It is alkalizing and prevents acidification of the body.
      • The de-acidifying characteristics of zucchini has a beneficial effect on digestive processes and the removal of unnecessary metabolic products from the body.

      6. Diverse use in the kitchen

      • Zucchini is a vegetable that you can eat raw, fried, braised, baked or cooked. 
      • They can also be frozen and dried. 
      • Zucchini can also be used for baking cakes.

      How to pick up the right zucchini?

      • The best zucchini are the youngest.
      • It is worth choosing zucchini which are 15-20 cm long. The smaller ones are simply immature. Larger ones can be overripe and have fibrous flesh and extensive seed nests.
      • The skin should be shiny and without damage.
      • If the vegetable is quite heavy in relation to its size, then it will not have a spongy pulp.
      • Fresh zucchini can be stored in the bottom shelf in the fridge for up to 10 days. 
      • Zucchini can be eaten with the skin.

      Check some of our recipes which include zucchini!

      Caponata (vegetarian)
      Ratatouille – Provencal vegetable stew (vegan dish)
      Risotto with Green Beans and Zucchini (vegetarian)
      Zucchini pancakes (vegetarian)

       

       

       

      Did you know?

      • The first mention of zucchini dates back to 5500 BC.
      • There are about 1000 varieties of this vegetable.
      • Courgette / zucchini comes from Central America and Mexico, from where Columbus expeditions brought it to Europe, where it quickly gained popularity, especially in Italy.
      • From a botanical point of view, zucchini is a fruit. In Italian, “zucchina” is simply a small pumpkin.
      • Depending on the variety, it can be dark green, yellow or striped.

      Nutrition facts of zucchini (in 100 g)
      Energy value – 21 kcal
      Total protein – 2.71 g
      Fat – 0.40 g
      Carbohydrates – 3.11 g
      Fiber – 1.1 g

      Vitamins:

      • Vitamin C – 34.1 mg
      • Thiamine – 0.042 mg
      • Riboflavin – 0.036 mg
      • Niacin – 0.705 mg
      • Vitamin B6 – 0.142 mg
      • Folic acid – 20 µg
      • Vitamin A – 490 IU

      Minerals:

      • Calcium – 21 mg
      • Iron – 0.79 mg
      • Magnesium – 33 mg
      • Phosphorus – 93 mg
      • Potassium – 459 mg
      • Sodium – 3 mg
      • Zinc – 0.83 mg

      Data source: USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference

       

      All health content on canvassimo.co.uk is provided for general information only, and should not be treated as a substitute for the medical advice of your own doctor or any other health care professional. If you have any concerns about your general health, you should contact your local health care provider. 

      HEALTHY BEETROOT

      HEALTHY BEETROOT

        

      Beets can be juiced, roasted, steamed or pickled. They can also be bought precooked for convenience. They are truly delicious and so easy to incorporate into your diet! And there are many good reasons why to do so! Check out below how healthy beetroot really is.

      BEETROOT – AN ALLY KNOWN FOR CENTURIES

       

      Ancient Greeks were familiar with beetroot. However, they did not use the roots of the plant and ate the leaves only! The Romans, in turn, ate the roots, but mainly for medicinal purposes. 

      The modern taproot variety, as we know it today, appeared in Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries. It took several hundred years for it to become popular in Central and Eastern Europe, where new dishes with beetroots (e.g. borscht) began to appear. 

      In Victorian times, beets were used to give colour to colourless diets and as well as a sweet ingredient in desserts.  

      Currently, round and dark red beets are grown and consumed the most, but did you know they can also be yellow, white, and even red and white?

       

      BEETROOT – A RICH SOURCE OF VITAMINS & MINERALS

       

      Beetroot has been valued by consumers mainly because of its taste. However, it also has many dietary benefits, because it is a rich source of many vitamins (B1, B2 and C), minerals (potassium K, calcium Ca, magnesium Mg, iron Fe) and a number of biologically active ingredients, including betalain pigments, which have a beneficial effects on the human body. 

      • Vitamin C contained in beets prevents infections, cancer and allergies.  
      • Vitamin B1, in turn, supports the functioning of the circulatory, muscular and memory systems.
      • Unfortunately, we don’t see too much iron in beets, which doesn’t stop them from showing hematopoietic properties, helping in formation of blood cells, due to the presence of cobalt.
      • Calcium contained in the vegetable significantly supports bones and teeth.
      • Magnesium combats the negative effects of stress and supports brain function.
      • In addition, sodium and potassium are responsible for the body’s water management, while manganese is one of the contents of several enzymes.
      • Interestingly, beets include copper too, which is responsible for the metabolism of iron, condition of bones and collagen in gristles
      • Beets support overall immunity and reduce runny nose.

       

      BEETROOT – A SECRET WEAPON FOR YOUR BODY

       

      • Beets slow down aging, reduce blood pressure, cholesterol and prevent heartburn. Betaines contained in the vegetable are strong antioxidant pigments with beneficial effects on the body.
      • Beets also have an alkali-forming effect, i.e. they prevent acid-alkali disturbances in the body, which may be caused by high consumption of sweets. Beets also alleviate the effects of alcohol abuse
      • They support metabolism and removal of harmful toxins from the body.
      • Red pigments annihilate free radicals, which, by damaging DNA, contribute to the formation of tumours. Today we also know that beets support the body after chemotherapy and in anaemia.
        When we are weak after illness, stress or in the
        early spring, we suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome including drowsiness, and apathy, beet juice or beetroot salad can bring back the will to live and help you feel good.
      • Beets also alleviate menopausal ailmentsLadies during menopause should always remember about beets, as they reduce the risk of developing osteoporosis. Like soy, beet roots alleviate menopausal ailments: oxygenate the heart, equalize its work, also reduce blood pressure, relieve annoying hot flashes and recurrent migraines.
      • Betaines contained in beets are used in cosmetics, especially among skin care products, protecting it from dryness and preventing wrinkles. They also have a beneficial effect on hair, making it easier to comb.

       

      BEETROOT – COOKED OR RAW?

       

      • Minerals contained in beets dissolve in water, so it’s best not to cook beets, unless in a soup. Beets will be more valuable if they are baked in the oven with skin on (wrapped in baking paper) and peeled only before eating. However, roasting even a small size beetroot can take up to 2 hours, so in order to fully use their richness it is better to drink raw beet juice
      • Raw beets support, among others, metabolism and removal of harmful toxins from the body. Also, raw beets have a fairly low glycaemic index (IG = 30), which indicates a slow release of energy. This is associated with a slight increase in blood sugar levels, which is beneficial for hunger and extremely important for diabetics. Unfortunately, after cooking, their glycaemic index increases to 65. Therefore, it is worth maintaining consumption of boiled beets within reasonable limits, but definitely do include them in your menu as part of a varied diet.

       

      A TOAST WITH BEETROOT JUICE !

       

      • Drinking beetroot juice (especially made of beets from organic farms) increases the body’s overall performance. Beets from non-organic crops, grown using chemicals, may contain nitrates and long-term consumption of too many nitrates can negatively affect general blood parameters. 
      • Raw beet juice is extremely beneficial in endurance sports. Numerous scientific studies confirm, that the consumption of raw beet juice reduces the aerobic cost of physical activity, thereby increasing the overall fitness of the body. In one study, carried out in 2010 by Katherine Lansley with the team from University of Exeter, two groups of participants were given raw beet juice or placebo for 6 days, and fitness tests were performed from day 4. They showed an increase in efficiency by 15% in favour of beet juice, which is an amazing result not only for athletes, but for all of us. More details can be found at: https://www.physiology.org/doi/pdf/10.1152/japplphysiol.01070.2010

       

      MORE TOASTS WITH BEETROOT FERMENTED JUICE!

       

      • In beetroot fermented juice we have a full set of vitamins and microelements (with well-absorbed iron at the forefront), i.e. it can be treated as a means of strengthening and improving blood results. 
      • Such fermented juice contains natural probiotics, so it is also an ideal proposition after antibiotic therapy, strengthening and regeneration. Natural protection and body support. 
      • Beet greens, or the early form of beetroot, predominantly consisting of leaves, are less caloric than beet. It also contains a lot of potassium, some phosphorus, sodium and iron as well as vitamins A, B1, B2, PP and E. In addition, ascorbic acid, or vitamin C, comparable to lemon juice.

      However, be wary: like other leafy greens, beetroot has a lot of oxalic acid, which binds calcium in the body producing calcium oxalate. They are insoluble crystals that can cause joint pain and can even provoke kidney stones attacks.

       

      Nutrition facts of beetroot (in 100 g) raw/cooked

      Energy value – 43/44 kcal
      Main protein – 1.61 / 1.68 g
      Fat – 0.17 / 0.18 g
      Carbohydrates – 9.56 / 9.96 g (including simple sugars 6.76 / 7.96)
      Fibre – 2.8 / 2.0 g

       Vitamins:

      • Vitamin C – 4.9 / 3.6 mg
      • Thiamine – 0.031 / 0.027 mg
      • Riboflavin – 0.040 / 0.040 mg
      • Niacin – 0.334 / 0.331 mg
      • Vitamin B6 – 0.067 / 0.067 mg
      • Folic acid – 109/80 µg
      • Vitamin A – 33/35 IU
      • Vitamin E – 0.04 / 0.04 mg
      • Vitamin K – 0.2 / 0.2 µg

       Minerals:

      • Calcium – 16/16 mg
      • Iron – 0.80 / 0.79 mg
      • Magnesium – 23/23 mg
      • Phosphorus – 40/38 mg
      • Potassium – 325/305 mg
      • Sodium – 78/77 mg
      • Zinc – 0.35 / 0.35 mg

      Data source: USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference

       

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