Beets are incredibly rich in antioxidants, fiber, and the taste is delicious!
Beets are a root vegetable that can sometimes be an acquired taste; they can be bitter, earthy and strong for most people. They’re also a great source of antioxidants, especially those supporting our livers and detoxification system. Beet juice is also commonly used as a dye, especially as food coloring. They’re packed with nutrition and great to add to any savory dish!
Health Benefits of Beets:
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. GSTs 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.
Beets have also been shown to lower high blood pressure and improve both digestive health and athletic performance.
Nutrient Breakdown of Beets:
*Per 1 cup raw
- Fiber | 4g
- Carbohydrates | 13g
- Vitamin C | 11% DV
- Folate | 37% DV
- Magnesium | 8% DV
- Potassium | 13% DV
- Manganese | 22% DV
- Phytonutrients | betalains, carotenoids (beta-carotene), vitamin C
How To Use:
Beets can be consumed raw, roasted, steamed, pickled, sliced or even julienned. They’re great in salads, pasta dishes, sauces, juices, smoothies and baked goods.
Be sure to wash and rinse beets very well, since they grow in the ground they have little bits of dirt and sand on them. Also be careful not to get the juice on your clothes or dish towels, it stains!