Why You Should be Eating More of This One Overlooked Vegetable

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If you already love beets, then you already know how super good they taste and how good they are for you. If you aren’t a fan, or if you just haven’t bothered to try them, this article is for you. Beets aren’t eaten quite as much as they used to be. If you found that you were turned off by those canned beets and their sour taste, you should really give them another go. Try eating them roasted, shredded, or even juiced. You will probably be surprised at just how good they really are.

Take a look around your local farmers’ market and you will find that beets actualy come in several colors, not just the typical red beet. There are yellow beets, golden beets, Cylindra and Chioggia beets, and of course sugar beets. Just be careful where you purchase sugar beets, as many of them are now GMO products. Although you might not think that beets are going to fit into your diet, once you see how much they have to offer us, not to mention their super delicious taste, you will almost certainly reconsider.

Read on for the top 10 reasons you should be eating more of these overlooked vegetables.


1. Mother Nature’s Viagra

No, we are not kidding! Beets contain high amounts of boron, which are related to the body’s production of sex hormones. This isn’t really news; in fact the Ancient Romans used beets as an aphrodisiac. Be sure to eat them two or three times per week for the best results in this area!


2.  Anti-Cancer Compounds

The most common beet is red, and it’s the powerful phytonutrients that give beets that red color. Research shows that phytonutrients extracted from beet root reduced tumor formation in numerous organs in studies done with animals. The extract from beetroot is being studied as a possible treatment for human prostate, breast, and pancreatic cancer.


3.  Super Cleansing Power

All varieties of beets are a wonderful tonic for the liver, purify the blood, and, as we mentioned above, contain powerful anti-cancer compounds.  Adding beet juice to your smoothies can help detox and cleanse the body a little each day.

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