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Next time you are at a salad bar take notice of those red, earthy root vegetables and be sure to add them to your plate. The truth is you can’t beat “beets” when it comes to adding something this sweet and nutritious to your plate.
Beets are not only full of B vitamins, iron, manganese, copper, potassium and magnesium, but so much more. Beets are rich in insoluble fiber, with one cup containing about 4 grams dietary fiber. Consuming beets has been shown to lower blood pressure and improve circulation. Since they are rich in betaine, a plant alkaloid and folate, they also lower blood levels of homocysteine, which in high amounts increases risk of heart disease. Thus consuming beets will help to keep your heart healthy. Betaine is also found to reduce the accumulation of excess fat in your liver.
With the vibrant red color it is no surprise that beets are also rich in antioxidants, along with anti-inflammatories, which help to fight off cancer, heart disease and obesity. The nutrients in beets have been found to help fight off many chronic diseases.
Why stop at a healthy heart, when beets also have been shown to increase blood flow to the brain, which can then improve overall brain function. In fact, beets have been found to play a role in both mental and emotional brain health. For those who are looking to enhance their sports performance, look no further than beets. In fact, eating beets or drinking beet juice, have both been shown to improve endurance performance. As little as three to five beets can show a performance boost.
As if that is not enough, beets are only 37 calories for a half cup, and bursting with sweet, juicy delicious flavor. They add both color and taste to any dish! Go ahead and make beets a part of your diet, after all the saying is “if you can’t beet them, join them!”