Beets are very high in vitamin C which helps boost immunity and fight sickness; they also have a great source of fiber which is beneficial for one’s digestive health. Beet fiber has also been seen to help reduce cholesterol and triglycerides by increasing the level of HDL’s (High-Density Lipoprotein), which are the “good cholesterol”. They are also high in potassium which is essential for nerve and muscle function as well as manganese which is good for your bones, liver, kidneys, and pancreas. Betaines in beets stimulate the function of the liver, improving it and keeping it healthy!
Beets are low calorie, contain no cholesterol, and can give you a significant amount of energy due to its high amount of carbohydrates. Therefore, it is great for athletes and people who are active! Beets can also temporarily lower one’s blood pressure due to the high concentration of nitrates. Nitrates help dilate your blood vessels, causing blood pressure to lower; this occurs for approximately 4-6 hours after consuming a beet. Beets are also rich in antioxidants, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and B vitamin, folate, which reduces the risk of birth defects.
This wonderful vegetable can be used in many ways such as in salads, soups, smoothies, juiced, or simply eaten raw! You can also steam, roast, or sauté however you please. Multiple vendors at the Farmers’ Markets sell them so come pick them up at our next market this Saturday, February 24th at the Wentworth Greenhouses in Rollinsford. & look for me at the food demo table with a beet hummus!