Carbohydrates often get a bum rap in our society. Everyone is trying to limit “carbs”, yet carbs are the fuel that keep us going. The real problem with carbs, is that we consume too many simple carbs like sugary foods and starchy foods that dump a lot of sugars into our system, all at once. Complex carbohydrates as opposed to simple carbohydrates don’t have a high glycemic load and often have added nutrients that simple carbs lack. In this post I will look at two foods that are high in carbs, but are actually good for you, beets and turnips.
Beets are a healthy, naturally sweet food. They are good source of dietary fiber, folate and manganese. Beets do have a fair amount of sugar in them. However, they have a low glycemic load because the carbohydrates do not make up a large portion of the beet. This is an advantage of complex carbohydrates versus simple carbohydrates. Complex carbohydrates often have a lot of water and fiber that make up most of the bulk. I love to eat beets but I don’t eat them often enough. I have been looking for new recipes. I have wanted to try making Borscht for some time, so I will give that a try.
Turnips are another vegetable that very few people eat. They are sweet when cooked and make a great addition to soups. They are a good source of dietary fiber, vitamin C and potassium. Like beets, turnips have a fair amount of carbohydrate but a low glycemic load. I’ll admit that I rarely cook with turnips but I would like to add them to my diet more often. Here are some recipes;
One more note on beets and turnips; both produce yummy greens. So if you buy them at the farmer’s market or store, try and find ones with the tops on. A simple way to cook the greens is to sauté them with a little salt, crushed garlic and grape seed oil. Next post, I’ll look at two great herbs; thyme and rosemary. Salute!