Last week for lab, we were instructed to ingest either beets or corn in order to examine the digestionand excretion processes. As we were discussing the assignment, I can recall someone explaining that beets are a diuretic. In other words, it quickly promotes the production of urination. (It even changes the color of urine and stool.)
This made me wonder what other benefits are associated with beets.
Here’s some great information that I found:
Beets may serve as a blood cleanser.
Some people use it for weight loss.
Beets can protect against heart disease and colon cleanser. The pigment that creates the purple-red color of beets is a cancer-fighting agent called betacyanin (The Nutrition of Beet Juice).
They also help to cure diseases of the circulatory system, large intestine, and digestive system.
How could it possibly serve all of these functions? Maybe because of all the vitamins and nutrients in it. Beets are full of “phytonutrients that provide antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and detoxification qualities” (Evans).
Beets contain: folate, manganese, potassium, dietary fiber, vitamin C, vitamin B, iron, magnesium, copper, and phosphorus. Navazio, author of the article “Sweet Beets” says beets are “better than a multi-vitamin”.
So, how can we increase our beet intake?
Use it as a substitute for sugar.
Drink beet juice once a day (Mix with apple or carrot juice for better taste).
Make a colorful beet salad.
Use beets in a vinaigrette dressing.
I’ve never thought of it before, but maybe now I’ll look into ways to increase beets in my diet in order to improve my daily nutrition!