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This vegetable is low in fat, full of vitamins and minerals and it contains a lot of antioxidants, which makes it one of the healthier vegetable of all. Both the leaves and root can be eaten – the leaves have a bitter taste whereas the root is sweet.

Here are some nutritional highlights:

  1. Beets have no trans fats and no saturated fats, and are quite filling.
  2. Beets contain a high source of folic acid, which is a b vitamin that helps the body to regenerate new cells.
  3. Beets are very rich in carbohydrates, which can provide a lot of energy.
  4. Studies have shown that consuming beets can protect against certain cancers, especially colon cancer.
  5. Beets contain high sources of magnesium, sodium, potassium and vitamin C.
  6. The leaves from beets are edible as well and contain many of the same benefits. Beet leaves also are known to combat ‘garlic breath.’
  7. Studies have shown that beets are also capable of protecting against heart disease, the number one cause of death in the United States.
  8. Beets contain high amounts of boron. Boron is related to the production of human sex hormones, which is why the ancient Romans consumed beets for the purpose of their aphrodisiac effect.
  9. Beets cleanse the body and purify blood.
  10. Beets contain the same chemical that is used to combat depression Trimethylglycine. If you’re feeling down why not treat yourself to a beet salad? It might just make you feel better.

How to store:

Fresh beets with the greens attached can be stored for three to four days in the fridge, but beets with the greens removed can be stored in the fridge for two to four weeks. Raw beets do not freeze well since they tend to become soft on thawing. Freezing cooked beetroot is fine as it retains its flavor and texture.