Health Benefits of Beets
Two vegetables in one! That’s what you get with beets … the root and the leafy greens. Both are power-packed sources of nutrients and fiber.
Beets are good for your heart. They lower blood pressure and cholesterol as well as homocysteine levels in the blood. In addition, they increase the oxygen-carrying capacity of the blood.
They fight inflammation and help support your body’s detoxification systems, aiding in cleansing the liver and purifying the blood.
Beets have anti-cancer properties when eaten raw.
They boost stamina and have anti-aging effects.
Beet greens are a good source of Vitamin C and carotenoids which are converted into Vitamin A in the body.
The beet root is a good source of the B vitamins, including folate (raw beets), as well as iron, manganese, copper and magnesium and some vitamin K1.
Both the greens and the root can be eaten raw or cooked, as well as used in fresh juice or smoothies. In fresh salads, the greens can be used in place of lettuce and the root can be grated.
Although beets are high in sugar, they have a medium glycemic index of 64.
Beets are not listed on EWGs list of Pesticides in Produce. However, since they are a root vegetable, they will pick up toxins that might be in the soil. So, my recommendation is to buy organic or from a local farmer whose soil is uncontaminated.
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