Vegetables For Vitality—Spotlight On Beets

In this blog, I wanted to spotlight the vegetable, beets.

Beets are an extremely healthy vegetable to eat, but sometimes overlooked. While beets aren’t as popular as eating some green vegetables these days, they have a variety of medicinal properties. In fact, they have strong anti-cancer properties, are anti-inflammatory and can help detoxify your body. Beets provide many nutrients your body needs and contain a variety of vitamins and minerals including vitamin C, B12, B1, B2, iodine, magnesium and potassium. They also contain iron, that is used to produce hemoglobin in your body and carry oxygen throughout. This mineral is especially beneficial to those battling iron deficiency anemia.

Beets can also help improve blood pressure and may decrease the risk of developing heart disease.

Beets are a root vegetable and grow under the ground. In ancient times, people consumed the beet greens. It wasn’t until the Roman era that people began to harvest the beet root because it had a natural sweetness. Beets soon became a prized source of sugar. Today, beets are commonly used as a raw material in the production of sugar.

Many people who garden like to plant beets, as they are easy to grow and are rich in fiber. You can easily plant them and harvest them in the fall. Some people like to can beets, so they can enjoy them in the winter months. You can eat them right out of the jar, or serve them with your meal. I don’t know about you, but I love pickled beets.

They have a sweet, distinct flavor and are quite tasty. You can enjoy them in a salad.

 

You can also make them into a nutritious juice that is both good for your body and quite delicious.

Beets are easy to prepare. You can easily boil them or saute them in oil, with some simple seasonings.

If you haven’t been including beets in your diet, you may want to give them a try. You can eat them alone, or serve with them with a favorite entree.

Thanks for reading!

Barb

Source:

¹Maria, Dana, Katrina, C. H. Kid, Ronda Craig, Maydel Reese, Sonny Waysack, Connie, Sabine, and BeckySue Graves. “THIS Vegetable Will Fix Everything Wrong In Your Body!” Daily Occupation. N.p., 26 Jan. 2017. Web. 28 Mar. 2017.

²”Six Amazing Health Benefits of Eating Beets.” Mercola.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Mar. 2017.

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