The Power of Beets
You either love them or you hate them.
What are Beets?
Beets are an ancient, prehistoric food that grew naturally along coastlines in North Africa, Asia, and Europe. Originally, it was the beet greens that were consumed; the sweet red beet root that most people think of as a “beet” today wasn’t cultivated until the era of ancient Rome
Beet lovers think of the taste as earthy. Besides their use as an actual food item, they are valuable as a source of sucrose, which makes them a viable replacement for tropical sugar cane. They are frequently used to make refined sugar.
Beets are low in calories, with 1 cup (136 g) of raw beetroot containing 58 calories. However, beets have the highest sugar content of all vegetables and are relatively high in carbohydrates.
You can’t beat beets
After years of being relegated to the recesses of the salad bar buffet next to the shredded cheese and buttered croutons, beets are enjoying their much-deserved place at the center stage of a healthy diet. They’re not only chock-full of essential everyday nutrients like B vitamins, vitamin C, iron, manganese, copper, magnesium, and potassium, phosphorus, calcium, thiamin, niacin, and riboflavin; these ruby gems also are a goldmine of health-boosting nutrients that you may not get anywhere else. Here are some great—and surprising—things that happen to your body when you eat beets.