Let’s Talk About Beets, Baby!
Ok, so they may not be the most delicious looking vegetable in the bunch, but beets can easily be considered one of the most nutritious natural foods on earth. And believe it or not, beneath that dirty, rough and unsightly exterior, beets offer a taste that’s surprisingly savory and undeniably delicious. Not only are they tasty and good for you, but they’re also a great way to add some much-needed color to your meals. Here are a few other fun facts and tidbits that you may not have known about beets.
They’re a natural pick-me-up. Feeling tired? It could be your body’s way of telling you it needs more folate. Thankfully, beets are chock-full of this B-vitamin (one cup contains around one-third of the daily recommended serving), which means adding a few to your daily diet can help give your body the fuel it needs to keep going strong.
They help promote stronger bones. Usually when people talk about strong bones they refer to calcium as nature’s solution. But it turns out that you can use other foods to help your body get even more from the calcium-rich foods you’re eating. For instance, potassium plays a role in reducing the amount of calcium that gets excreted from the body. And since beets are a good source of potassium, you could say they also contribute to strong, healthy bones.
They’re a great diet helper. When you’re watching your calories, it can be tough to keep those hunger pains at bay. The secret is increasing your fiber intake. The more fiber-rich foods you eat, the fuller you’ll feel, which will help you resist those mid-day snacks or second helpings. A one cup serving of beets contains about four grams of fiber, and they’re also low in fat and calories, so eat up!
They give you stamina. Ever get the urge to quit half-way through your workout? We all do! Believe it or not, beets can help with this as well. (Told you they were awesome!) Beets naturally contain nitrates, which produce nitric oxide. These help to increase blood flow within the body and reduce the oxygen needed by the muscles, allowing them to work more efficiently. When your muscles can perform the same amount of work using less oxygen, it makes it much easier to push through that tough workout.
They can boost your mood. You know that feeling of euphoria you get when you eat a piece of chocolate? Believe it or not, eating beets can provide the same feeling. That’s because they contain a substance called betaine, which has been shown to naturally relax the mind. They also contain tryptophan which can contribute to a greater sense of wellbeing. So, next time you get the urge to grab a candy bar, eat some beets instead!
They’re incredibly versatile. Last but not least, beets can be enjoyed a surprising number of ways, so even if they’re not necessarily your favorite veggie, you can probably find a way to sneak some into your diet without noticing. You can add them to smoothies, use them in hummus or as a sandwich spread, incorporate them into desserts and even puree them and add them to pancake batter (red velvet pancakes, anyone?). The possibeetlities are endless. (See what we did there?)
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