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Are parsnip and red beetroots paleo/healthy?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 20, 2013 at 2:28 PM

Hello!

I bought a cooking book that has recipes with parsnip and beetroots in it. The book claims to be good for the paleo-diet. so are parsnip and red beetroots paleo/healthy?

cheers Marc

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on March 21, 2013
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good to know, thanks.

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on March 20, 2013
at 05:52 PM

I've read somewhere that beeturia could be an indication of incomplete digestion i.e. low stomach acid, and surely enough i myself don't get beeturia from beet kvass or fermented beets.

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on March 20, 2013
at 05:29 PM

The clinical term is "beeturia", and the red color can also be passed into your stools.

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on March 20, 2013
at 04:33 PM

*May* cause your urine to turn red. It doesn't happen to everyone.

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at 03:06 PM

thanks everyone!

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at 02:58 PM

Just to be nit-picky ;-) ... beets aren't starchy at all. The carbohydrates that they are comprised of include fiber and sugar. Parsnips do have about 1/2 their carbohydrates as starch, though.

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on March 20, 2013
at 04:07 PM

Yep they are totally paleo friendly. but beets will turn your pee a red color don't mistake it for blood !!

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on March 20, 2013
at 04:33 PM

*May* cause your urine to turn red. It doesn't happen to everyone.

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on March 20, 2013
at 05:52 PM

I've read somewhere that beeturia could be an indication of incomplete digestion i.e. low stomach acid, and surely enough i myself don't get beeturia from beet kvass or fermented beets.

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

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on March 20, 2013
at 05:29 PM

The clinical term is "beeturia", and the red color can also be passed into your stools.

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96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on March 20, 2013
at 02:45 PM

Both starchy tubers, so yes. Beets also provide betaine at the tops. The leaves are good too, and the purple/red color indicates lots of beneficial polyphenols. Count it as a superfood.

And you can make awesome parsnip cookies.

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on March 20, 2013
at 02:58 PM

Just to be nit-picky ;-) ... beets aren't starchy at all. The carbohydrates that they are comprised of include fiber and sugar. Parsnips do have about 1/2 their carbohydrates as starch, though.

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on March 21, 2013
at 10:09 AM

good to know, thanks.

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Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on March 20, 2013
at 02:32 PM

Yes, they are absolutely, 100% paleo.

If you are trying to maintain a VLC/LC paleo diet, then neither of those foods could be eaten regularly.

For those of us who are active and eat plenty of roots, tubers, and squashes, parsnips and beets are wonderful foods to eat.

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on March 20, 2013
at 02:33 PM

Yes, and super nutritious.

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on March 20, 2013
at 02:32 PM

Sure. I don't see why not.

(Don't be alarmed if you end up with pink pee from the beets btw)

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