Harvesting the Beet (Caution for ingestion)

Harvesting the Beet

I harvested the red beet in the field where eggplants and corn were grown, which was introduced in the post.

한국식 식초가 첨가된 초간단 가지 무침(Korean eggplant dish with vinegar for vegetarians)

첨가물 없이 옥수수 맛있게 삶기(Boil Corn on the cob without additives)

photo of holding a harvested beet
harvesting the red beet

 

I harvested it by sowing the seeds.

And half of the harvested roots were out of the ground, and that part was much harder and sweeter.

photo of the beet
The red beet

 

What’s the Red beet?

Red beets, scientifically known as Beta vulgaris, are a root vegetable that is prized for its vibrant red-purple color and sweet, earthy flavor.

 

Nutritional Value

Red beets are highly nutritious.

They are a good source of essential vitamins and minerals, including folate, potassium, manganese, and vitamin C.

They are also rich in dietary fiber and antioxidants. Beets are low in calories, making them a healthy addition to your diet.

 




 

Health Benefits

The antioxidants they contain, such as betalains and anthocyanins, have anti-inflammatory and potentially cancer-fighting properties.

Beets are also known to support cardiovascular health, as they may help lower blood pressure and improve circulation.

Their fiber content aids in digestion and may contribute to weight management.

 

Caution for ingestion

Some people may be allergic to beets and experience symptoms like itchiness, hives, or gastrointestinal discomfort.

When I ate the raw beet I had a sore throat that felt like a needle was stuck in my throat for more than an hour although I took anti-istamine.

I have a similar allergy when I eat taro, and beet is also allergic for me. If you suspect an allergy, consult a healthcare professional.

 

Antihistamine

If you have a beet allergy and accidentally consume beets or beet-derived products, and you experience mild to moderate allergic symptoms such as itching or hives, taking an over-the-counter antihistamine like diphenhydramine (Benadryl) or cetirizine (Zyrtec) may provide some relief.

These medications work by blocking the effects of histamine, which is a chemical released by the immune system in response to allergens and is responsible for many allergic symptoms.

However, it’s crucial to understand that antihistamines will not prevent or treat the most severe symptoms of an allergic reaction, especially in cases of anaphylaxis. Anaphylactic reactions can cause difficulty breathing, swelling of the throat, a drop in blood pressure, and loss of consciousness, and they require immediate administration of epinephrine.

Antihistamines alone are not sufficient to address these life-threatening symptoms.




EpiPen

If you have a beet allergy, you should always carry an epinephrine auto-injector (EpiPen) if your allergist has prescribed one.

If you accidentally consume beets and experience severe symptoms, administer the epinephrine as directed and seek emergency medical assistance immediately.

Epinephrine works by rapidly counteracting the effects of the allergen and can be a critical part of managing severe allergic reactions.

 

In summary, antihistamines can be used as a temporary measure to manage mild to moderate allergy symptoms, but they are not a primary treatment for severe allergic reactions. If you have a beet allergy, follow the guidance of your healthcare provider and allergist on how to manage and treat your specific allergy.

 

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