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7 Reasons to Eat More Beets

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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Michelle Schoffro Cook

Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, PhD is an international best-selling and 15-time book author and doctor of traditional natural medicine, whose works include: 60 Seconds to Slim, Weekend Wonder Detox, Healing Recipes, The Vitality Diet, Allergy-Proof, Arthritis-Proof, Total Body Detox, The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan, and The Phytozyme Cure. Subscribe to her free e-magazine World's Healthiest News at WorldsHealthiestDiet.com to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow her on Twitter @mschoffrocook and Facebook.

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7:29AM PDT on Oct 21, 2013

Thanks.

11:08AM PDT on Sep 24, 2013

thanks for sharing

9:32PM PDT on Sep 19, 2013

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.

4:16AM PDT on Sep 13, 2013

Thank you :)

3:47AM PDT on Aug 2, 2013

Health is the only reason

2:04PM PDT on Jul 30, 2013

Thank you for important info.

9:42AM PDT on Apr 16, 2013

thanks love them

12:54AM PDT on Mar 30, 2013

Mmmmm yummy, Thank You :)

11:37AM PDT on Mar 28, 2013

Thank you

11:51AM PDT on Mar 16, 2013

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

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