This sweet tuber contains incredible health properties. It’s a great purifier for the liver, it reduces high blood pressure, fights constipation and will give you plenty of energy.
Discover why you should eat beets every day and a few ways you can prepare them in this article.
Beets are root vegetables, but as we explain in this article, you can also eat their leaves and stems. They contain important quantities of vitamins B and C, minerals like potassium, iron sodium, and magnesium, as well as fiber.
The health benefits of beets
- Because of their iron content, they combat anemia and fatigue. They are ideal for recovering from illness.
- Naturally reduce high blood pressure.
- Contain anti-inflammatory properties.
- They’re purifying to help cleanse the blood and liver. They also promote the elimination of toxins in the body that damage the liver.
- Reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
- They’re anticancer, like most red foods.
- Their high fiber content naturally promotes intestinal transit.
How do you eat beets?
- Stewed: For those who don’t especially enjoy the sweet flavor of beets, we recommend cutting them up into small pieces and adding them to vegetable or meat stews. This way, their flavor will be less noticeable, but you’ll still enjoy all their benefits.
- Cooked: In order to cook beets, you need to wash them really well so that you can leave the peel on. You should also leave a little of the stem on to better preserve the nutrients, color and flavor. You will have to cook them for around an hour before they’re tender.
- Raw: Beet lovers enjoy eating them raw in salads or as a garnish. Because they’re rather firm, you can also try grating them to add a touch of color to your dishes. Try adding them to desserts, like cookies and yogurts.
- Juices and smoothies: A delicious and original recipe consists of incorporating beets into your juices and smoothies. This way you can take advantage of their raw nutrients without having to chew them. Try combining them with apples, bananas, red fruits, strawberries, etc.
Save the leaves
If you buy whole or organic beets, they may still have their leaves attached. To take maximum advantage of the benefits of beets, you can also use the leaves which were commonly consumed in ancient times. All you need to do is wash them really well and you can add them to your juices, smoothies, stews, omelettes or salads.
The leaves are rich in vitamins A, C, and K as well as minerals like calcium and iron.
A cure for women
Beet juice is an old remedy that’s really effective in treating irregular periods and premature menopause. In both cases, you should drink a glass of beet juice daily on an empty stomach while experiencing the discomfort.
A Russian soup
This traditional recipe that’s still popular today is ideal for fighting the cold that’s typical of this country: Borscht or beet soup.
Dice some onions and beets and then sautee until tender (about 7 minutes). Add vegetable broth and cook on low heat for about 15 minutes. Add some fresh, finely diced cabbage, parsley, sherry, and salt and pepper to taste. Traditionally, you add a dollop of sour cream when serving.
Curiously, a red dye can be extracted from beets. It’s known as additive E-162 or betatine and is not harmful to your health, unlike another red dye, known as E-120, which comes from a type of insect. Although not exactly dangerous, E-120 can easily cause allergic reactions.