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Beets are nice looking small/medium bulbs that are hardy and smooth.  It is a member of the flowering plant variety in the family Chenopodiaceae.  Cultivated variety is appreciated all over as eatable root vegetables, fodder, and sugar- producing sugar beet.  Beet or table beet is also identified as blood turnips, garden beet, or red beet.   Beets with its leaves attached make for a good buy.  The beet roots as well as the leaves can be eaten either separately or combined.  Some people only recognized the root and a few knows that the leaves can be quite nutritious too.  And delicious!  The greens are tasty in them and can be done for salads. They are also a good source of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals.  

Beets after roasting and then sprinkled with olive oil, the rich colors of ruby becomes them. Especially when blend in with carrots, the show of different hues make the roasted beet, a beautiful sight.   But beets along side prickly pears combine for the only safe to eat sources of the important family of pigments called the betalains.   These pigments, according to experts, can act as forceful antioxidants to battle against the harm done by free radicals.  They also have a rich supply of vitamins and minerals. Such as potassium, vitamins A and C, magnesium, riboflavin, iron, copper, zinc and calcium.  The only negative effect of the pigment is the stain it leaves in the hands, counter tops, cutting boards and even your dress, if you are not careful.

Betalain pigment also reacts in a good way to oxalates.  This is somehow related to cancer fighting foods against caner of the colon specifically.  Beets are specifically abundant in folate.  Folate and folic acid have been known to avoid birth defects in babies.  Deficiency in folate makes possible the condition neural tube defect in infants.  One cup of boiled beets has 136 micrograms of folate and daily need is only 400 micrograms.   It also helps against heart diseases and anemia.  The sweet taste of beets reveals their high sugar filling.  Makes the beets another source of sugar. They are also fibrous, equally soluble and insoluble.    Soluble fibers maintain blood sugar and cholesterol levels are on course.   While insoluble fibers makes possible that your intestinal trail are operating without hitches.  But when you begin seeing red, in your urine or stool, no caused for alarm.  Even the red pigment, can reach you down there and leave a mark.  Eating beets can give you the energy you want. It makes feeling great to know the healthy effects it can do to our bodies.  Beets in the menu make for healthier way of eating.   

The different ways the beets are prepared boiled, roasted, steamed, or juiced, don’t really matter.  They can be eaten raw. As well as pickled.  Pickled beets make for superb eats.  Festive and full of surprises.  No matter what, beets are scrumptious at the same time a nourishing plus to your diet.  Enjoy your beets.  Don’t listen to bad raps, just beet it!
Submitted on January 16, 2014