By: Tisha Casida
Beets are powerhouses of nutrients. There is no question that you would probably want to consider incorporating beets into your diet. They have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and detoxifying properties that are essential to building a healthy body and brain. The concentration of betalains (what gives beets their dark red color) in beets is unique. Betalains are ‘dietary cationized antioxidants’ – antioxidants are essential to stopping oxidative processes that are associated with many degenerative diseases. There is no question – you can’t beat beets.
Steaming your roots? The difference between 15 and 25 minutes can have repercussions on the betalain count. Be kind to your beets – although they look like a hardy root, they should be handled with love, and cooked minimally to maintain the nutrients packed into them.
Running list of Beet Nutrition Facts
– Preventing Cancer: Beet juice has been proven to slow down tumor development and inhibits cell mutations from cancer compounds
– Heart Health: Beet fiber is good for your heart because it increases good cholesterol
– Liver Health: Beet juice stimulates the functions of the liver
– Lung/Respiratory Health: Beets have Vitamin C and beta-carotene which helps prevent lung cancer
– Eye Health: Beta-carotene helps to prevent cataracts
And, there is more. But, why not work on incorporating some beets into your diet? I am working on making “Beet Kvaas”, which is a nutrient-packed probiotic drink – you can steam your beets, marinate your beets, even eat them raw! Also, juicing beets, and drinking beet juice is a great way to get some of the nutrients. Some say “eat your colors”, but That’s Natural! says – “Beet It”!