Do you like beets? Most people do and find many benefits from eating them. In Eastern Europe and especially in Ukraine, they make soup from them and call it “Borscht”. |
A substance called betanin in beets has proved to be a strong antioxidant, which protect against cancer. It inhibit the growth of breast, stomach, colon, lung and nervous-system tumor cells.
Beets are a helpful weapon against your daily confrontation with free radicals and the associated problems they cause. Make sure you load some of these bright red colored vegetables in your shopping trolley.
Beets are also a good source of folate, a B vitamin that is essential for normal tissue growth. It may also lower your risk of heart disease , and according to the national Institutes of Health, it helps protect your DNA from damaging changes that can lead to cancer.
Also, doctors have found that folate is a pregnant woman's best friend, because it helps protect against birth defects. The Daily Volume of folate is 400 microgram, but pregnant women need 600 microgram daily. A half cup boiled, sliced beets contains 68 micrograms of folate, which is 17 percent of the DV.
If you are among the people who like to cut back on meat, which provide you with iron, you will find that beets are a good substitute. A half-cup of sliced beets contains 0.7 milligrams of iron, or about 4% of the DV for this mineral.
You can get the most of them by eating them raw or cook them lightly. Studies have shown that the antioxidant power of beets will be lost strongly by heat. So grate beats and toss them into salads or cook them lightly to get the most nutrients.
One of the nice things about beets is that they are almost as nutritious out of a can as they are fresh from the ground. So you can take advantage of their health benefits all year round!
About the Author: Adrian Joele became interested in nutrition and weight management while he was an associate with a nutritional supplement company. Since 2008 he wrote several articles about nutrition and weight loss and achieved expert status with Ezine Articles.com. He has been involved in nutrition and weight management for more than 12 years and he likes to share his knowledge with anyone who could benefit from it. Get his free report on nutrition and tips for healthy living, by visiting: http://www.nutrobalance2.net
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