Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Beetroot Bacon Salad ~ The Power of Purple


Beetroot Bacon Salad with Purple Potatoes and Purple Romaine with homemade Caesar dressing. The lemon juice and raw apple cider vinegar from the dressing soaked into the potates giving a higher fiber (RS) enrichmen and resistance to (human) digestion. Not shown but we also had 1/2 cup brown rice (frozen coz didn't want it to spoil, then reheated) which had powerful 1-2 g oligosaccharide fiber in the rice bran and 4-5 g RS (and hopefully not much cadmium and arsenic LOL). Beets have over the top nutrients including various fiber for the microbiota and antioxidants that chelate and detoxify. When you eat the skin, beetroots have both pectin (which yield arabino-oligosaccharides when the microbes chomp it up) and other fantastic fermentable substrates.

Everything was purple last night:
  • purple cabbage + pork belly
  • purple romaine
  • purple baby potatoes

Purple rich foods have more antioxidants, polyphenols and anthocyanins, and even brings about more profound butyrate and fermentation in the gut microbiota. Why, I have no idea, except that all polyphenols are loved by the intestinal inhabitants who use it as a substrate. It endows them with special skills I suspect just as we get benefits from eating berries or bitter vegetables.

Howz about some summer tunes? So grateful the cycles around the sun are hitting the side I prefer again. Aren't you?

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