Beets: Health Benefits

Jul 20, 2017
Beets: Healthy and Delicious!

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The humble beet, steamed, boiled, roasted, pickled, borscht’ed—but especially served raw—is nutritious and offers many health benefits.

Why Beets Are Healthy

If you’ve never considered beets for breakfast, snacks, or potluck food, these facts may spark your imagination:

  • Research has demonstrated that eating beets, especially raw, or drinking beet juice can lower blood pressure, and improve both exercise performance and blood flow to the brain—probably because of the high concentration of nitrates in beets.

Our bodies eventually convert nitrates to nitric oxide, a compound that relaxes and opens blood vessels.

  • Research suggests that the red and yellow pigments found in beets (betalains) may help fight arthritis, several cancers, neurogenerative diseases, cardiovascular disease, and liver disease.
  • Beet greens are highly nutritious and also contain the carotenoid pigments beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin, important for eye health.

How to Prepare Beets

Heat destroys betalain pigments. To preserve the maximum health benefits, grate raw beets into salads, process them into smoothies, or steam/roast beets just long enough to tenderize them.

Beet greens are delicious raw in salads or lightly steamed. 

Growing Beets

If you have even a little space, beets are easy to grow, even in containers. They attract few pests or diseases, grow quickly, and come in many shades of red, pink, striped, and yellow.

See our Beets Growing Guide.

 

Note: The betalain pigments in raw or cooked red beets may cause the urine or stool to turn pink or even bright red for a day or two. The amount of excreted pigment depends on the pH of the stomach and how long the food remained there.

About This Blog

"Living Naturally" is all about living a naturally healthy lifestyle. Margaret Boyles covers health tips, ways to avoid illness, natural remedies, food that's good for body and soul, recipes for homemade beauty products, and ideas to make your home a healthy, safe haven. Our goal is also to encourage self-sufficiency, whether it's re-learning some age-old skills or getting informed on modern improvements that help us live better healthier lives.

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