I just love beets and I can’t get enough of them! Not only do beets taste amazing, they are loaded with nutrients that promote optimal health. Beets are loaded with folate, manganese, potassium, and dietary fiber. They are also a good source of vitamin C, iron, magnesium, and copper. The vibrant red pigment found in beets can provide powerful antioxidant protection, promoting a strong immune system. Beets are also great for promoting a healthy heart due to it’s fiber and vitamin content. The ancient Romans were the first to cultivate beets for food and the tribes that invaded Rome were responsible for introducing them to Northern Europe. Beets are a two-in-one-vegetable as you can eat both the roots and leaves. Proper preparation of beets is the key to getting the most nutrients out of them. You can enjoy them by either steaming or roasting them along side your favorite entrée.
DID YOU KNOW:
– There are 74 calories in one cup of beets and 39 calories in one cup of beet greens.
– Beet phytonutrient pigments have been found to prevent the oxidation of LDL, which is one of the initiating steps in development of atherosclerosis.