9 Reasons Your Body Wants Beets
— Frances Arnold (@FrancesLArnold) June 17, 2014
Check out these nine glorious reasons why beets deserve a regular place at your family’s table.
9. Detoxify: Beets support your liver’s Phase 2 detoxification process, which allows your body to excrete toxins from your body that are already broken down. Throughout recorded history, beets have been a remedy for blood and liver conditions.
Avoid over-cooking beets
According to World’s Healthiest Foods, beets are better for you with minimal cooking.
Unlike some other food pigments, [beet’s] betalains undergo very steady loss from food as the length of cooking time is increased. For example, one recent study has shown the red betalain pigments in beets to be far less heat stable than red anthocyanin pigments in red cabbage. The difference between 15 minutes of steaming versus 25 minutes of steaming, or 60 minutes of roasting versus 90 minutes of roasting can be significant in terms of betalain damage. For these reasons, we recommend that you keep beet steaming times to 15 minutes or less, and roasting times under an hour.
Eat Your Beet GREENS
It’s such a shame to see people rip off their beet greens and throw them away. The beet greens are at least as healthy as the beets themselves, if not more healthy!
Beet greens are like a live, biologically active, easily absorbed multivitamin: full of vitamins and minerals (like calcium, iron, phosphorus, zinc, folate, magnesium, manganese, potassium, copper). They contain a large amount of antioxidants, including vitamins A and C.
Eat beet greens the same way that you would consume kale, chard or spinach. I immediately chop beet greens off of my beets and store them in a pitcher of water. They stay good for a few days. Add them to a smoothie, or lightly sautee them with garlic. (I find my VitaMix does the job nicely!)
Read this article by Dr. Mercola: “What Are Beet Greens Good For?” to discover how beet greens can help you strengthen your immune system, improve your bone strength, and improve your brain health.
Next, I’ll be sharing some of my favorite beet recipes. In the comments below, share with me how you enjoy your beets or your beet greens. I’d love to learn from you, too!
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