Beets (beta vulgaris) aka: beetroots, are oval shaped root vegetables with green leafy tops. Beets typically appear in dark purple or red, but can also be found in a variety of colors.
Health Benefits of Beets
- Increased Immune Function
- Protection Against Heart Disease
- Slowing Aging
- DNA Repair and Protection
- Alleviation of Cardiovascular Disease
- Alleviation of Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
- Alzheimer's Protection
- Osteoporosis Protection
- Stroke Prevention
- Reduced Risk of Type II Diabetes
- Reduced Frequency of Migraine Headaches
- Alleviation of Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
- Antioxidant Protection
- Prevention of Epileptic Seizures
- Prevention of Alopecia (Spot Baldness) Beets are high in nitrates which help reduce blood pressure and heart attack. Like other vegetables, beets are effective in reducing cancer risk, particularly colon cancer.
*Some of these health benefits are due to the nutrients highly concentrated in Beets, and may not necessarily be related to Beets.
How to choose Beets
Look for smooth skinned beets with bright vibrant colors. Avoid any beets with soft spots or discolorations. If the greens are still attached try to choose those with vibrant colors and little wilting. The greens of the beet are also edible and quite nutritious.
How to store Beets
Remove any greens from the stem to prevent them pulling moisture from the beets. Wash and store the beets in a plastic bag in the fridge. They will keep for 5-7 days.
Climate and origin
Beets are thought to have originated in the Mediterranean and grow in cooler climates (Zones 3-9 in the U.S.).
Beets have a fragrant sweet taste.
Sugar beets are extremely high in sugar, and are often refined into an unhealthy form of white sugar.
Natural vitamins, minerals, and nutrients found in Beets + Complete Nutrition FactsVitamin B9 (Folate, Folic Acid) | Vitamin C | Dietary Fiber | Magnesium | Manganese | Iron | Potassium | Click here to compare these nutrition facts with other vegetables.
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