Written By Admin
Friday, April 22, 2016
Many people, especially the kids, don’t want to eat beets because of the taste, but those people are not receiving many benefits. You should give beets to your kid, and if your kid refuses it, add the beet in the meal that you kid is supposed to eat without them even knowing, and when they grow up they will thank you for that. Beets are from the chenopod family and from the same family are spinach and quinoa, and maybe that is what makes these 3 so healthy. The chenopod family is known for its red and yellow betalain pigments and carotenoids and the nervous system health is connected with these phytonutrient, and that is what makes this family so important for the overall health.
Beets are very important because of the betalains, because not many foods contain betalains. There are two forms of betalains – vulgaxanthin and betanin. Both of them have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and detoxification properties. Like we mentioned very few foods contain betalains and beside beets those are rhubarb, chard, amaranth and nopal (Mexican prickly pear) cactus.
History of beets
There are so many things to say about the history of beets. It is believed that its ancestor the wild beet originated in North Africa. Even the ancient Romans have used the benefits of beets. It maybe sounds funny but ancient Romans actually used beets as aphrodisiac. You wonder why? – Because high amount of boron is contained in beets and boron is directly linked with the production of sex hormones.
Besides that, that beets have been used as aphrodisiac, during the Middle Ages, they have been used for medicinal purposes. They used beets in order to treat digestion or illnesses of the blood. It is still not proved that someone got cured with that treatment, but it is proved that beets contain important vitamins and minerals that our body needs in order to stay healthy.
And the most interesting fact about beets is that Napoleon said that beets would become the main source of sugar.
The benefits of beets
Like we already mentioned a couple of times that beets contain many vitamins and minerals, it is time to show you all many of them. Beets are high in magnesium, potassium, fiber, phosphorus, iron, vitamins A, B and C, folic acid, beta-cyanine and beta-carotene. Pregnant women should consume beets because of the high amount of vitamin B and iron in them, because that way they will help in forming new growth cells during their pregnancy.
All of the nutrients combined will provide you a healthier life and many types of cancer can be prevented with consumption of them such as lung, breast, prostate, testicular, nerve and stomach cancers.
The best thing about the fiber in beets is that it provides benefits to the digestive tract and cardiovascular system that other fiber does not, and that is with the help of pectin polysaccharides.
If you want to detoxify your body, beets can help you with that because beets will help with neutralization of the toxins which will make them water soluble and they can be much easily eliminated through the urine.
Although there can be one problem if you eat too much beets – urine can turn into reddish/pinkish color and that is due to betalain pigments and will happen only when the body will have hard time with metabolizing iron. In case you notice that change of color in your urine after eating beets consult with a doctor.
The connection between beet juice and athleticism is very strong, and that was found out on a recent study. And that is so because the beet juice is naturally high in nitrates which the body will use to make nitrite and nitric oxide, and with those two chemicals the blood vessels will be expanded and it will protect them from injuries and it will increase muscle endurance and power.
Beet juice could be the next big thing for athletes, and that is because of the results of another study that was published in 2011 in the Medicine and Science in Sports & Exercise journal. The results showed that cyclists could cut 11 seconds off their four kilometer times, and 45 seconds off of their 16.1 kilometer times, just by drinking beet juice.
How beets actually look
The look of beets can be a bit of confusing. The green leaves are connected to a round/oblong part (which is the beet), and they have usually a reddish-purple color, but it is not strange if they come in another color from golden yellow to white and sometimes they even have rainbow-colored roots. What can give the reddish color is the betalain. The taste of beets is actually quite sweet because of the high sugar content. Raw beets have a crunchy texture and cooked beets are buttery and softer.
Preparation of your beets
June through October is the season for beets, and always try to choose the small or medium sized with firm roots, deep color and smooth skin, when you are looking them in the market.
Even though they look tough, they are very sensitive so you should treat them as delicate vegetables. You should steam them for about 15 minutes or less, and to roast for under an hour.
Because they are very sensitive to oxidation they should be kept in plastic bag with most of the air out. They can stay up to three weeks fresh in the fridge, and cook them first if you want to freeze them.
Like we mentioned the beets have a long history and many centuries ago instead of the root, people ate the green leaves, but today they are both used in the kitchen. The green lives can be prepared the same way as the spinach or Swiss chard. Apart of that, believe it or not beets have also been used in making wine.
You should consume beets no matter if you like the way they taste or not. We all want the best for our loved ones, so preparing beets for your whole family is a good thing. You can add them into your salads and soups, and they can be prepared in so many different ways.