Beets are another favorite root vegetable I enjoy on a weekly basis. They’re incredibly rich in antioxidants, fiber, and the taste is delicious! Beets are an acquired taste, they can be bitter, earthy, and strong for most people. Beets were the one vegetable I didn’t like (truthfully, the one veggie!) until I had them roasted at my families house and I was hooked. Beets are great sources of antioxidants especially those supporting our livers and detoxification system.
How to use | raw, roasted, steamed, pickled, sliced, julienne in salads, pasta dishes, in sauces, juices, smoothies, baked goods, etc. Try out Raw Beet Marinara and Zucchini Noodles for a dish using beets.
Nutrient breakdown of BEETS | *per 1 cup raw (136g)
Fiber | 1 cup raw beets contains 4g fiber
Carbohydrates | 1 cup raw beets contains 13g carbohydrates (9g from sugar)
Vitamin C | 11% DV
Folate | 37% DV
Magnesium | 8% DV
Potassium | 13% DV
Manganese | 22% DV
Phytonutrients | betalains, carotenoids (beta-carotene), vitamin C
Beets are great to incorporate into our diets for anti-inflammatory and detoxification benefits. Beets support detoxification mainly in Phase 2 detoxification (there are two phases), which involves the enzyme glutathione-s-transferase a.k.a. GST. GST’s basically work to “catch” and “hook up” unwanted toxic substances in our bodies with nutrients- this allows the toxins to become water soluble and neutralized from the nutrients, therefore safe for the body to excrete through your urine or other processes.
A note about detoxification: detoxification is a daily practice and a life long habit, which I strongly practice and recommend to my clients as well. Detoxification can’t occur simply by doing a “cleanse” for one week- our bodies actually do a tremendous job at detoxifying our bodies through multiple channels if we give them the space, nutrients, proper practices to enhance, and time to do so. Beets are great to provide the body with ample amounts of antioxidants needed.
Where to purchase | health food stores, grocery stores, or farmers markets.
Tips and tricks | be sure to wash and rinse beets very well, since they grown in the ground the have little bits of dirt and sand on them- unpleasant when you’re using them in a juice or recipe.