The beet, a root vegetable, is thought to have grown wild in prehistoric North Africa, as well as along Asian and European seashores, and was primarily used as animal feed. It wasn't until the time of the ancient Romans that beets were cultivated for human consumption. And modern science has proven that beets are not only acceptable for human consumption, but extremely beneficial to human health. Beets provide antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and detoxification support. They privide a unique and rich source of phytonutrients called betalains, which research has shown supports the detoxification processes of the body. Beets are a very good source of manganese, vitamin C, betanin, isobetanin and vulgaxanthin, making them an excellent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory as well. Research suggests that beets may also provide cardiovascular, anti-cancer and fiber-related benefits. A high sugar content food, raw beets are crunchy in texture but turn soft and buttery when cooked. To reap the full benefits of these wonderful roots you'll want to retain the betalains, which diminish with increased cooking time. To do this, limit steaming of beets to 15 minutes or less, and roasting to less than one hour. And the greens attached to the beet roots are full of nutrients as well, and can be easily prepared like spinach or Swiss chard for a colorful and tasty salad.
Beets. The World's Healthiest Foods.
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