Golden beets, red beets, candy cane beets, chioggia beets, purple beets, sugar beets, cylindra beets….. I could go on forever…. but I will just tell you now, I. LOVE. BEETS.
I know beets have been popping up everywhere, in juices, salads, desserts, and more.. rightfully so! Beets are one of the most nutritious and healing vegetables out there! Not to mention SO delicious and beautiful also… 😃
Benefits of Beets
Beets are a great source of important nutrients that we need for daily function such as vitamin C, potassium (nerve and muscle function) and manganese ( bones, liver, kidneys, and pancreas), B vitamin folate and of course fiber. They do contain a higher amount sugar (carbohydrates) than most vegetables, but they are GOOD carbohydrates that actually help with weight loss due to the low calorie and high fiber content (keep you full longer). Yes, carbs are not always bad!
Beets are a great source of anti-inflammatory properties due to the content of betaine. In addition, the high levels of the antioxidant betalains in beets have been proven to provide immense health benefits for aging, inflammation, heart disease and cancer. The antioxidants also act as a detoxifying agent, aiding in the “phase 2” cleansing of toxic substances in your body that occurs at a cellular level….so pull out that beet juice after a long night out!
Another super interesting fact, is that recently studies have shown the benefits of beet juice consumed by athletes correlated to increased performance metrics. Beets are high in natural nitrates, which gives more oxygen, nutrients, and energy to your body. For example, one study showed that cyclists who drank a single larger serving (500 ml) of beetroot juice were able to ride about 20% longer… pretty cool!
So not only are beets AMAZING for you, but they are also SUPER delicious and come in so many beautiful varieties that you can never get sick of them. You can eat them raw, cooked, sweet, salty or just use them as a decoration on your plate. Stick around for an awesome beet recipe later this week!