Thursday, August 4, 2011

Beets The Red Spinach

Beets Superfoods Source of Vitamin C

Summertime Superfood
One of the best Summer-time SuperFoods that have been starting to get the respect it needs is beets — known around the world as beetroots, BEETS are incredibly anti-aging nutrient-rich. Loaded with supernutrients and phytochemicals. Beets are high in folates and Vitamin C and boast the highest natural sugar content of any vegetable. And it is the sugar beet that accounts for roughly 30 percent of sugar production in the world. As far as I know this gem of a superfood has been an underrated root vegetable.

"Chioggia" Beet
Beets In Color
You can find this earthly fresh beets in a colorful spectrum of jewel tones ranging from the familiar deep purple-red to pink to the distinctive candy-striped Italian beet known as Chioggia the beet from an Italian coastal town situated on a little island at the southern entrance to the Venetian lagoon as well as shades of orange and yellow. The sweet earthly tastes delicious no matter which color variant you choose.

The Juice of the Beet

Beet juice is rich in natural sugar, sodium, sulphur, chlorine, iodine, copper and vitamin B1, B2, C and bio flavonoids. Some holistic practitioners believe that beet juice combined with other juices like carrot and cucumber are excellent for cleansing the kidneys and gallbladder and for restoring health to these organs. Beets are a rich source of folate as well as natural red pigments that may be cancer fighters.

How to Eat Beets

Beets can be served hot or cold, pickled, roasted, juiced, deep fried, pulverized or eaten raw. Whichever way you choose to eat this superfood, fresh, raw or grated into a salad just remember that heating beets decreases the antioxidant power.

Best Time For Beets
You can buy beets all year-round but they are in their prime from about June until October.

Beets are a Source of:

Vitamin C

Beets Get No Respect

Often I think that people who think they dislike the vegetable have never tasted freshly prepared beets. If you have only tried the canned or pickled versions you are really doing yourself an injustice as these beets are inferior and nothing like the real thing.

Did You Know:
  • Mythology says Venus, the goddess of love, ate beets to enhance her beauty.
  • Lore has it that beets are good for your blood, literally and figuratively.

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