NUTRITION Just Beet It Looking for a pre-workout beverage to power you next HIIT workout ses- sion? As it turns out, beet juice contains high levels of inorganic nitrate, a nutrient which may have a positive impact on blood f low and muscle contrac- tion, functions which your body performs during a high-intensity workout. In addition, some studies have shown that a diet sup- plemented with beet juice may help improve muscle power, which can also ben- efit your ability to achieve better results in shorter periods of time. While beet juice has an earthy f lavour, this root vegetable pairs well with fruits such as fibre-rich apples and straw- berries in a fresh-pressed juice or smoothie. To Wine or Not to Wine? While you don’t want to undo the benefits of all your training by overindulging in alco- hol, you may want to make a glass of red wine your go-to the next time you do. Red grapes are an excellent source of resveratrol, which offers multiple benefits includ- ing reducing inf lam- mation and giving your metabolism a boost. But eating red grapes may not necessarily offer the same health benefits because the skin of the grapes contains resver- atrol and in the process of making wine, it’s the skin of the grapes that is fermented, resulting in more resveratrol. Don’t Buy the Hype Current studies show this once healthy oil may be better on your body than in it. According to registered dietitian Tristaca Curley, “coconut oil can be used for flavour- ing food just like other oils, but it isn’t the superfood it is sometimes hailed as.” When it comes down to it, the saturated fat in coconut oil is the culprit, nixing it of anti-inflammatory rewards. That said, we all need fats to keep our metabo- lism humming and satiate our appe- tite. Choose ones including olive, camelina, fish, and avocado oil, all of which can reduce inflammation. ANNA LEE BOSCHETTO is the editor of Salon and a marathon runner. Fol- low her @boschettoal. 90 D’FYNE - Winter 2019 of both cardiovascular disease and heart disease. While further research is required, sticking with about a 20-gram serving of raw nuts as a pre-workout snack also offers a healthy amount of protein and healthy fats, the combi- nation of which will help fuel your workout.