Which foods should you avoid when eating beet greens?
A study published in the British Medical Journal suggests that eating beet leaves may be more nutritious than spinach.
The findings suggest that when eating spinach leaves, people may be better off eating beet or pea-based vegetables.
But this research is limited to people who eat beet greens.
The research is the first to look at the nutritional profile of beet greens as a whole, rather than the leafy greens themselves.
Dr David White, of the Department of Plant Pathology at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, said the findings showed the nutrients in beet greens were less dense than those in spinach.
The researchers also found that people who ate beet greens had higher levels of vitamins B6 and B12 than people who didn’t eat beet leaves. “
This was an area where we had a lot of variation between laboratory studies and the average consumer’s diet.”
The researchers also found that people who ate beet greens had higher levels of vitamins B6 and B12 than people who didn’t eat beet leaves.
Beet greens were often used as a source of protein, but also a source for fibre.
The researchers said this could be because the beet leaves are used to make a soup or pasta that has a higher fibre content.
Dr White said people with a higher intake of fibre could also benefit from eating beet leaf, as this could increase their blood fibre levels.
“I would say it is a bit of a red flag, if people are consuming beet greens that are high in fibre and then they eat a lot more of spinach, this may lead to higher levels and higher levels could potentially lead to more fibre,” he said.
The study involved 1,000 people in Australia who had been fed a diet with beet greens, spinach and peas.
Dr Blackmore, of St George’s University, said people eating a plant-based diet might be better able to avoid micronuts because the plant matter in these vegetables does not contain as much iron and zinc as it does in meat and fish.
“It’s not the same, and it’s not surprising that it is less dense, but we have been surprised by this finding,” she said.
“We don’t really know if it’s a case of the more nutrient dense beet leaves or the more fibre rich spinach leaves that are in a more nutritionally dense plant matter.”
Dr Blackback said people who did not eat beet or peas were likely to consume a more balanced diet that contained more vegetables.
“In general, if you eat more of vegetables than you do of meat, you will probably consume less micronUTrients,” she explained.
“So you need more fibre and more micronuttrients to make up for the protein and fibre you are missing from your diet.”
But not everyone is happy with the results of this research.
Dr Sarah Jonsson from the Australian Institute of Agricultural and Food Chemistry in Canberra, said she was not convinced that the researchers were able to pinpoint the nutrients contained in beet and pea leaves.
“They have only looked at a limited number of foods,” she told ABC Radio National.
“And they don’t know if the nutrients that are contained in those foods are all of the same quality as the ones in other foods.”
They may be higher in the micronsutrients, but it could be that the micronesutrients are the same or they may be lower.
“If there are a lot fewer nutrients, or if there are fewer micronutes in vegetables, that could mean that there are less nutrients in the vegetable and not in the meat.”
The study did not address whether the nutritional benefits of consuming beet leaves outweighed the health benefits.
However, Dr White and Dr Blackhead suggested it could still be worthwhile to eat more vegetables and to look for alternative sources of fibre in your diet.
The Institute of Food Technologists said it was important to make sure the nutrient content of any vegetable or plant matter you eat is based on its nutrient content, not its size.