Nutrition Fact: Beets

beets with beet greens

Beets are an exceptional plant and the root is used in natural medicines for hundreds of years.

Beets are used along with medications in the treatment of liver diseases and fatty liver. They are also used to help lower levels of triglycerides (a type of fat) in the blood, lower blood pressure, and to improve athletic performance.

How does it work?
There is some evidence that a chemical found in beets can help fight fat deposits in the liver. Beets also contain a chemical that might have antioxidant effects. Beet can also increase nitric oxide in the body. This chemical can affect blood vessels.

fresh and steamed beets

TOP 10 Health Benefits of Beets:

  1. are a great source of energy with good sugars, low calories and fat
  2. beetroot cleanses our body, purifies blood & maintains liver function
  3. rich in glycine betaine which protects against heart disease
  4. beets contain sodium, magnesium, calcium, iron & phosphorus
  5. raw beets are high in folic acid for production of new cells
  6. beetroot is rich in betaine, boosting mental health & treats depression
  7. contain antioxidants that fight against many types of cancer
  8. beets are high in trytophan which treats stress & relaxes the mind
  9. beetroot is rich in boron which kick-starts production of sex hormones
  10. the top beet greens are high in vitamin A and C

Beet Nutrition Facts:

Serving Size = 1 cup
Calories = 58
Calories from Fat = 2
Total Fat = 0.23 g
Cholesterol = 0 mg
Sodium = 106 mg
Potassium = 442 mg
Total Carbohydrate = 13 g
Dietary Fiber = 3.8 g
Sugars = 9.19 g
Protein = 2.19 g
Vitamin A = 1% RDI
Vitamin C = 11% RDI
Calcium = 2% RDI
Iron = 6% RDI

variety beets

Things You May Not Know About Beet Root/Beet greens:

  • Often called nature’s viagra with their high BORON content
  • Beetroot is also known as the table beet, garden beet, red or golden beet
  • Red color compound BETANIN cannot be broken down by our bodies so it may cause temporary red urine & stool (not harmful)
  • Cooking beets depletes nutrient levels dramatically
  • The TOP GREENS of beets are rich in antioxidants, vitamin A & carotenoids!
  • Use a proper JUICER when juicing beets (lots of fiber)
  • Contain BETACYANIN which are effective in breaking down tumours
  • Has been used to treat and cure boils, abscesses and even acne
  • Beets contain the HIGHEST source of natural sugar, after the sugar cane

Here are a couple of our favorite recipes with Beets:

  1. Salmon Tacos with Beets
  2. Vegetarian Salad in a Jar
  3. Feta Turkey Meatballs with Beet Hummus

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