Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Global Running Day - Can Eating Beets Make You Run Faster?

Global Running Day, held annually on the first Wednesday in June, is a day when runners everywhere declare their passion for running. Wherever we are and whomever we’re with, we run—fast or slow, alone or with others, all over town or just around the block. It is a coast-to-coast celebration of a sport and activity that’s simple, inexpensive, and fun. It’s the perfect way for longtime runners to reaffirm their love of running and for beginners to kick off a lifetime and life-changing commitment.

In the April 2012 issue of the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, research published shows eating cooked beets "acutely improves running performance." The key, the study says, is nitrate.

The study showed after eating beets, the runners went an average of 3 percent faster and cut 41 seconds off their times. According to the research, 200 grams baked beetroot, or an equivalent nitrate dose from other vegetables, should be consumed 60 minutes before exercising. Nitrate is also found in vegetables such as cauliflower, spinach, collard greens, and broccoli.

Performance Food: Want to be Fast on Your Feet? Eat Beets!, 
Fritz Lenneman, web editor for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Beets, Pineapple, Onions
and Goat Cheese Salad

1/2c Beets, cooked, diced
1/3c Pineapple, crushed and drained
1/4c Onions, diced
1/2 oz Goat Cheese
Garnish with Basil and Chives

Directions. Use a cookie cutter at least 2-inches high. Layer each food and pack down with your fingers before adding the next ingredient. Garnish with Basil and Chives.

Nutrition Information.
122 Calories;  3.4 g Dietary Fiber; 3 g Fat; 2 g Saturated Fat;  7 mg Cholesterol; 87 mcg Folate; 108 mg Sodium News

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