The nutritional value of beets is surprisingly not talked about all that much and, thus, is under-appreciated. What you're about to learn may amaze you...
by David Brant, who became a successful althlete in high school, has studied health and nutritional issues for over 15 years and personally uses many fitness ideas and supplements that he writes about.
They may be little known because beets (or beetroots as they're sometimes called) have that earthy, non-sweet taste that causes people to associate them with "icky" foods like, say, spinach. However, when you learn about the nutritional value of beets, hopefully you will realize that they are far from being "icky", but are in fact a nutrition dynamo which should definitely be part of your diet in some way or form.
Beets are low in saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium. But they
are rich in dietary fiber; folate; iron; magnesium; manganese,
potassium; and vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, and C.
In addition to helping
you maintain optimal health, eating beets can help you lose weight.
It should also be pointed out that beets are abundant with betacyanin, the phytochemical which gives the root its color and which, from a nutritional standpoint, significantly lowers homocysteine levels in the blood. An over-abundance of homocysteine in your blood plasma can lead to heart disease, high risk of stroke, and peripheral vascular disease.
In addition to knowing about the nutritional value of beets, it's good for you to know about the nutritional value of the root's greens. These actually have a higher iron content than the aforementioned spinach and are rich in calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and sodium (the healthy kind of sodium, like you get from sea salt).
The nutritional value of beets and their greens is, therefore,
nothing short of incredible. Here are some of the specific ailments and
conditions that you can reverse or prevent with the eating of these
roots and greens:
The great nutritional value of beets is likely very surprising to you.
Once again, this is an undersung food! If you don't like their taste,
try to find creative recipes that include beets, or find some dietary
supplements that include their extracts. And, like many things,
you may find that a liking of beets is an acquired taste -- that is,
once you start to eat them you may start to like them even if you
hadn't cared for them before.
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