Beets, also known as blood turnips, are an excellent source of nutrition, and can be incorporated into a variety of your favorite foods. However, you may still be unsure or unconvinced of how great they can be.
Today, I’m going to tell you everything you need to know about beets.
Better General Health
A 1/2-cup serving of cooked beets provides you with a significant amount of manganese, which your body needs to make blood-clotting factors, sex hormones, bones, and connective tissues. Manganese also plays a pivotal role in calcium absorption, carbohydrate and fat metabolism, and blood sugar regulation.
They also contain:
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
Great for Your Heart
Beets contain nitrate compounds that are shown to benefit your cholesterol levels.
Beets are also a great source of potassium, which helps offset some of the effects of high sodium intake. If you lower these effects, you’ll decrease both your risk of heart disease and stroke.
Better Physical Performance
The nitrates in beets may help your body by improving the way it uses oxygen.
Also, beets are very low-calorie foods, so you won’t have to feel guilty about adding them to your meals. A cup of cooked beet contains only 60 calories, and its carbs come with a lot of the nutrients we’ve already discussed.
How to Eat Beets
There are quite a few great ways to prepare and consume beets.
First of all, you can eat beets raw. They have a crunchy texture and an interesting flavor, but you might try adding beets to smoothies, juices, or salads for best results.
Cooked beets are found in many traditional eastern European meals, like borscht and various soups.
You can also roast beets for under an hour by slowly cooking and softening them.