7 Reasons to Eat More Beets

It seems that people either love beets or they hate them. I, personally, am in the LOVE BEETs camp. I still remember the first time I ate them as a child. I wanted them every day after that. Whether you already love them, or just haven’t discovered their many marvels, here are 7 reasons to eat more beets:

1.  Beets are high in nutrients such as folate, manganese, potassium, and vitamin C, making them an excellent source of nutrients, and a particularly good choice for pregnant women who have higher folate needs during pregnancy.

2. In their uncooked state, beets also contain an important compound called betaine, which research has shown reduces several compounds linked to inflammation in the body. In other words, it’s a great anti-inflammatory food that helps protect us from the effects of aging and disease.

3.  Beets are one of Nature’s miracles in the prevention of cancer.  The fiber found in beets seems to increase the body’s special immune compounds that are responsible for detecting and removing abnormal cells before they can become cancerous.

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4.  Beets help fight cancer.  The phytonutrients–proanthocyanidins–that gives beets their rich purplish-red hue has potent anti-cancer capabilities.

5.  Beets have been recommended for many years to help purify the blood.

6.  Beets also help cleanse the liver–one of the most overworked organs in the body, with over 500 functions including: cleansing toxins, removing excess hormones, and metabolizing fat.

7.  They are versatile.  They can be eaten raw (grated), steamed, boiled (although many nutrients are lost in the cooking water), or added to soups and stews. I love steamed beets tossed with a little flax oil and unrefined sea salt. Remember: the anti-cancer properties of beets lessen with heat. So it’s always a great idea to enjoy a little grated raw beetroot on your salads.

Adapted with permission from The Life Force Diet by Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD.

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Uddhab Khadka
Uddhab Khadka2 years ago


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thanks for sharing

Lynn Squance
Lynn Squance2 years ago

I love beets, and always have with the exception when my mother would over cook them. I like my beets, all my veggies really, to still have some crunch in them. Personally, I either steam them in my steamer or bake them in the oven.

One day, I steamed some over some rice I was steaming. I had some fluorescent pink rice which was very colourful. Another time I baked them in the oven and the other veggies were likewise affected. The onions were fluorescent pink but no less tastey!

As a diabetic, beets are a root veggie and therefore on the "restrictive" list but I think it is time to have some again, especially given their anti inflammatory qualities, liver cleansing and blood cleansing abilities.

Beet greens are also good for us, although I must admit that I have found them a bit bitter.

Elena T.
Elena Poensgen2 years ago

Thank you :)

Fi T.
Fi T.2 years ago

Health is the only reason

Vita Pagh
Vita P.2 years ago

Thank you for important info.

Mary J.
N B.2 years ago

thanks love them

Angela B.
Angela B.2 years ago

Mmmmm yummy, Thank You :)

Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

Merelen Knitter
Merelen Knitter2 years ago

I've never been a fan of beets, but reading the comments, I may have to try them pickled.