We got the beet

In recent years I have decided that as an adult I should make a point to try foods that I did not care for as a child. I have found that what they say is true “your palate does mature”, and things that you may not have had a taste for when you were younger may become more desirable as an adult. One of the said foods is beets. As a child when I was served beets they always came from a can and were heated in water on the stove. I now believe that the way they were prepared had a great deal to do with why I did not care for them. Over the past couple of years I have learned that I truly do enjoy the flavor of beets and it does have a lot to do with the way they are prepared. I would also add that most often I roast them with a little olive oil, salt and pepper. Once they have been roasted I will eat them alone or top salads with them. I have learned that not only are they delicious, but very nutritious as well. Of course, being a mom I’m especially interested in all their nutrient benefits, so in the following paragraph I will explain what I now know about why beets are so good for us.

It is quite safe to say that the more (natural) color your food contains, the more nutrients it contains. Beets do come is a small variety of colors, with the most popular being red, gold and orange. The red beets contain both betanin and betacyanin that are beneficial for cardiovascular health and prenatal health. Glycine betaine which helps to lower homocysteine levels (a toxic metabolite that promotes clotting and plaque formation) is also another beneficial property for cardiovascular health.  The gold and orange varieties contain B-xanthin which is also great for cardiovascular health. All three varieties are low in calories and fat and high in dietary fiber. When eaten raw, beets are an excellent source of folate which is necessary for DNA synthesis, a particular benefit for pregnant women. They are also a rich source of the vitamin B complex, as well as iron, manganese, copper and magnesium.

Nutrition per 100g, fresh, raw beets

45 cal  9.56g carb  1.61g protein  .17g fat  2.80g fiber 109 ug folate  33IU vit A  4.9 mg Vit C  325 mg potassium

 

*Fun beet fact…Beeturia, following the consumption of beets is a harmless condition of passing red/pink urine. This only affects about 10-15% of the population.

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