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SuperFood Saturday: Beets

SuperFood Saturday: Beets

These gnarly yet vibrant vegetables have a sweet and powerful taste that can take the show in any dish. But its not only in the kitchen that this superfood shows its power. Beets pack a powerful punch in our bodies, providing us with vitamins and nutrients to promote good health and fight disease.

 

  • Beta Carotene – This chemical compound is what gives beets their vibrant color. It is also the compound in beets that help us fight cancer-propagating free radicals and help prevent degenerative diseases. This pigment promotes overall good health due to its antioxidant properties.

 

  • Folic Acid – The high content of folic acid in beets is great for pregnant women. It can help prevent birth defects by strengthening the formation and development of neuronal tubes. Though this is no reason for men to dismiss beets; folic acid can also help to prevent gray hair.

 

  • Potassium and Fiber – The potassium in beets not only helps maintain eye health, but keeps many organ systems running smoothly. Together with a beets high fiber content, potassium aids the body to upkeep a healthy appetite and digestive system.

The leafy tops of beets are also edible and even more nutritious than the root, containing double the potassium, folic acid, calcium, and iron. So whether you’re in the mood for a sweet, root vegetable or a crisp, leafy salad, beets will give you the nutritional power you need!



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