Eat Your Beets!

Eat Your Beets!

Beets are much more than just a pretty red vegetable…

…they offer numerous health benefits and contain tons of vitamins and minerals.

Their deep red color comes from betalains, which is a powerful antioxidant that may help to reduce blood pressure and support heart health.  The belatin pigment has also repetitively been shown to support activity with the body’s detoxification process. However, they are not heat stable, so longer cooking times can decrease the antioxidant benefits.

An interesting, little known fact is that the pigment from beets is actually used as a coloring for foods and cosmetics because of its power in its natural form.

Beets have detoxifying properties, have been shown to reduce inflammation, and are associated with a reduced risk of cancer. They also contain potassium and fiber, offering even more nutritional value.

Many people don’t know that you can eat the whole beet, including the greens, which are an excellent addition to salads and offer health benefits of their own. The skin should be peeled off the beet, however it’s easiest done after the cooking process.

Beets are excellent for salads, however steaming and roasting them brings out the best flavor. You can also try pickling them, juicing, or using them in soups.

Red beets are the most common, however golden beets are another popular variety.

Although they contain numerous health benefits, beets have the highest sugar content of any vegetable, so make sure you are practicing portion control when consuming them.

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