If you eat them regularly, then you’re probably laughing right now… because I’m giggling at myself a little bit.
My husband swore they were horrid, and it was one of the things he was “tortured” with eating growing up – canned beets.
Well, my mom never fixed them. I assumed I must be blessed with the way my husband spoke of these lovely roots. I’m actually surprised she didn’t make us eat them – she was pretty good about making us eat “all things terrible” while my friends got the “yummy foods” from boxes… things like ho-hos and mac-n-cheese.
What’s the saying about how you don’t realize how SMART your mother is until you’re grown? Yes, this definitely applies to me.
We ate lots of “brain food” and our snacks were fresh fruits and vegetables. (and WHOLE WHEAT for that matter) But beets were never on the list.
I’m going to guess either she didn’t care for them, or didn’t like dealing with their royal red mess?
I tried some beets in juice about a year ago, and once was enough for me. I was pretty sure my husband was accurate. In defense of the beet family, it was NOT an organic beet, and “earthy” or “DIRT” comes to mind.
The color was gorgeous. The taste was horrid.
Beets are mentioned time and time again in health blogs, books and now my chiropractor had mentioned them more than a few times to me.
Then my good friend started sharing that she was loving BEETS a lot too… and I really got curious.
Could this root really be tasty? Maybe I just got a “bad beet”… and organic will be better? How do I fix it? Can I choke it down?
Well the PROS of beets, far out weighed the cons, because I can tell you that beets are actually VERY tasty. No spices needed. I simply steamed them, and roasting in tin-foil is a good option too – and I’ve been eating them warm or cold – daily!
So WHY are beets so good for you?
Well, there are countless reasons but here are a few:
1. guard against colon cancer…. (and with years of chronic inflammation in my gut – I need any help I can get.)
2. Medical studies have also shown that including beets in your diet helps protect a body against heart disease.
3. Beets contain sodium, magnesium, calcium, iron and phosperous. They are considered a fiber food and contain vitamins A and C and niacin too!
4. Beets are a carbohydrate – so they help give you energy! Some athletes consume them to improve performance. (The Lord knows I need all of the help I can get with energy!)
5. Beets contain folic acid which is needed for the production and maintenance of new cells. (It’s not just for pregnancy – this is extremely important for me, and anyone who is sick – needing cell regeneration!)
6. Beets are to your bile, as paint thinner is to paint. They really help organs, like your gall bladder, function more normally (even getting rid of dysfunction – gall stones!)
7. Beets give a brain boost according to some studies. (I certainly feel more “sparkly” up top after I eat some beets)
8. Beets also contain numerous phytochemicals, including quercetin, (which I take to fight off seasonal allergens) and other potent antioxidants. So they must help against allergy issues too!
9. Beets contain high amounts of Boron – which is related to the production of sex hormones. (Ladies, your husbands want you to eat more beets!)
10. Beets are fabulous for your liver and help purify your blood. (Good thing because they are BLOOD colored, which is another FYI – when your process them – do not be alarmed that your stools might carry a RED tint. You are not bleeding! This completely freaked me out the first time.)
“David was greatly distressed because the men were talking of stoning him;
each one was bitter in spirit because of his sons and daughters.
But David found strength in the Lord his God.”
1 Samuel 30:6