# 6 BEETS….You’re going to DIG these details!


# 6 Beets, You’re going to ‘dig’ these details…

OK, so I must say, again this is one of my Mom’s favorite things. We grew up enjoying
pickled beets right out of our garden. I remember digging them up, scrubbing them
clean, and filling the jars, mixing the pickling juice and anxiously awaiting the first
opened jar to sample one of our favorite things. But whether you Roast them, steam
them, pickle them, or bake them—whatever you do with beets, when you eat them
you’re getting a blast of genius to your brain in the form of natural nitrates. This root
veggie actually encourages fresh blood flow to the brain, which in turn,
boosts mental performance.

If you are already a beet lover, then you may know some of these important tips about
beets. But if not this is interesting info and might give you that little nudge to see if
you could become a beet lover after all. You already know that beets are an
extremely nutritious food choice that just happens to be extremely delicious.

You also know that beets are an insane source of vitamins and minerals. But did
you know that beets are the second largest source of sugar, after sugar cane? I didn’t
realize that, but it makes perfect sense since they are almost addictive. I love them,
I crave them…I like them warm fresh out of the jar, I love them chilled with cottage
cheese, salt and pepper. I love them on any salad or just right out of the can!


If you’re not a beet lover, read on, and you soon will be.

1. Beets are Nature’s Viagra

Seriously. One of the first known uses of beets was by the ancient
Romans, who used them medicinally as an aphrodisiac. And
that’s not just urban legend, science proves it. Beets contain
high amounts of boron, which is directly related to the production
of human sex hormones.

2. Beets are high in many Vitamins and Minerals

Potassium, magnesium, fiber, phosphorus, iron; vitamins A, B & C;
beta-carotene, beta-cyanine; folic acid. These are but a few of the
many nutrients, vitamins and minerals that can be found in beets
and beet greens. Beets are particularly beneficial to women whom
are pregnant, as the vitamin B and iron are very beneficial to new
growth cells during pregnancy and replenishing iron in the woman’s body.

3. Beets Cleanse the Body

They are a wonderful tonic for the liver, works as a purifier for the blood,
and can prevent various forms of cancer.

4. Beets Improve Mental Health

Beets contain betaine, the same substance that is used in certain treatments
of depression. It also contains trytophan, which relaxes the mind and
creates a sense of well-being, similar to chocolate. Beets can also
lower your blood pressure.

6. Beets are a High Source of Energy

At the same time they are low in calories and high in sugar. The sugar in beets is
released into your system gradually, which is better than say, chocolate which
is released all at once. Any one of these are terrific reasons to introduce beets
into your diet, but when you combine all of the benefits together
are  a HOME RUN every time!

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