Five Reasons You Should Probably Eat More Beets
Jul 13, 2016
Beets are more than just pink, earthy-tasting vegetables. They’re nutrition powerhouses packed with essential vitamins and minerals that keep your body humming and your heart happy. What’s more, their unique flavor and colorful hue bring an exciting pop to your palate AND your plate. Here are five reasons you should eat more of these produce gems, along with three Libby’s recipes that celebrate the absolute best beets have to offer.
1) Beets may combat cancer.
Scientific studies have demonstrated that the high levels of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents found in beets may help lower the risk of many types of cancers.
2) Beets are loaded with six different important nutrients. They’re an excellent source of folate, vitamin A and K, and a very good source of manganese, copper, and potassium. Give a “toast” to good health with these adorable and tasty Beet & Bean Salad Crostini.
3) Beets can fend off hunger. Beets are high in fiber, which helps with satiety and regularity. For a refreshing, healthy and delicious lunch that will keep mid-afternoon stomach rumblings at bay, try this Grilled Beet & Peach Spinach Salad featuring Libby’s® Sliced Beets alongside grilled Libby’s® Peach Slices, candied walnuts and blue cheese.
4) Beets can help your body cleanse itself.
Beets have also been shown to support your body’s natural detoxification process. That’s thanks to betalin, a compound naturally found in beets (which, fun fact, gives them their red color!), as it captures toxins and pushes them out via the urinary tract.
5) Beets can lift your spirits. They contain betaine, a substance that calms the brain and is used in other forms to treat depression. Beets are also a source of tryptophan (found in chocolate as well), which contributes to a sense of well-being. Reach your nirvana with this Pastry Wrapped Roasted Beets & Brie. It makes a warm and flaky appetizer, side dish or even dessert.