Eat this Soup – For Fibre and Antioxidants
Keep you regular!
The array of vegetables that are present in this soup (beans, beets, carrots, cabbage, and potatoes) contain both insoluble and soluble plant-based fiber, which is essential for regular bowel movements, and has been linked to cardiovascular health.
Low fiber intake can lead to constipation, which occurs when bowel movements are difficult, or happen less often than normal. It can lead to symptoms of discomfort, such as abdominal pain, and hard or small stools which can be painful to pass.
Prolonged constipation can also lead to auto-intoxication. Along with our lungs and skin, the colon is one of the main detoxifying organs that is responsible for removing toxins from our system. When constipation occurs, fecal matter, which includes both living and dead bacteria, and waste materials from our food, stays in the colon, is reabsorbed through the colon walls, and eventually has to recirculate through our system yet again. Just as food goes bad when sitting on your kitchen counter or in the fridge for too long, it will do the same thing in your gut. As Shrek always says, better out than in!
As a note, some individuals may have a deep red/purple colour in their urine or stool after eating anything with beets in it (especially when raw). Do not be alarmed, this is simply from the colour of beets!
Keep you feeling full!
Fiber has the ability to make us feel fuller for longer. Humans cannot easily digest fiber, so it simply passes through our system without spiking our blood sugar, and makes us feel full without adding extra calories to our diet, Fiber helps to fill our stomach, and stimulates receptor to tell our brain that it is time to stop eating.
Keep fighting free radicals!
The rainbow of colours in this Borscht stew (red cabbage, orange carrots and potatoes, dark red beets) are present due to pigments in our food, which fall under the category of phytonutrients.
This type of nutrient has a wide range of health benefits, but are particularly commended for their high antioxidant value.
Beta-carotene in sweet potatoes and carrots, betalain in beets, and anthocyanin in red cabbage all work together to battle ongoing free-radical damage in our body.
Alex Comrie, B.Comm, Registered Holistic Nutritionist (R.H.N.) Nutritional Consulting www.realhealthworks.ca