I really like this “not so pretty” vegetable, but is it healthy to eat?

The beets that I know are reddish tubers (under the surface) and green, leafy tops.  However, the tubers can be white or orange- yellow.   They have a growing season of 50-60 days and can be grown where you have good, free-draining soil, weekly watering and good sunlight.  They prefer a cooler growing temperature.

Preparing the beets as close to as fresh as you can preserve the nutrients, which are many.

Beets are low in calories while being high in nutrition.  Beets help in reducing plaque in the blood, thus helping reduce strokes and vascular diseases.  Beets are an excellent source of folates which are necessary in DNA cell health and reducing birth defects.  Also, beets are a great source of Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Iron, Niacin (B-3), B-5, B-6, Manganese, Copper, and Magnesium.  And they are also a great source of Potassium.

Beets can be eaten raw in salads, cooked or steamed and served in small cubes with butter or olive oil, pickled, boiled and sliced.  Beet juice is also a popular health drink.

The most famous beet soup:  Eastern Europe’s Borscht.

There any only a couple of health concerns:  One is called Beeturia which is a harmless coloring of red or pink urine after eating beets and its top greens.  The other is with the beet greens.  They are high in oxalic acid which is known to cause kidney stones.  So if you are susceptible to having kidney stones, limit you beet greens but you can still eat the root.

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