I was eating dinner at an event one night, when a beautiful, bright red beet salad was placed on the table. The girl sitting across from me said, “Ughhhhhhh. I hate beets!”
I laughed and asked her why she hated beets.
She said, “Because they taste like the earth. When I eat beets, I feel like I’m eating a mouthful of dirt. It’s disgusting!”
Funny! I love that earthy flavor.
Yes, they do taste like the earth, but that’s because they are so nutrient and mineral rich.
Beets have been known throughout the culinary medicine world as a classic blood builder.
If you understand the doctrine of signatures, that makes perfect sense. Slicing into a fresh beet can quickly resemble a bloody scene from a slasher movie! Your hands will be coated in deep red beet juice and your cutting board, too.
Beets are rich in naturally occurring nitrates that are converted into nitric oxide, that help to relax and dilate blood vessels, and improve blood circulation.
Beets contain a wide range of nutrients including: carotenoids, lutein/zeaxanthin, glycine, betaine, fiber, vitamin C, copper, iron, magnesium, and phosphorous.
The betaine in beets, stimulates the detoxification phases of the liver.
Beets also have the highest sugar content of all vegetables. This is both good and not-so-good news. For example if you need an energy boost, the natural sugar in beets can give you the boost needed to get moving!
But, if you have blood sugar instability (like diabetes) and don’t exercise much, beets may not be the best choice for you. And, with that being said, beets are still a much better choice than eating a candy bar. Pick your sugars wisely!
Beets are delicious both cooked or raw. Do your liver and your blood a favor and eat some beets!
If you want to try some, I’ve got lots of yummy earthy sweet beet recipes for you to taste. Enjoy!
Andrea Beaman is an internationally renowned Holistic Health Coach, Natural Foods Chef, Speaker and Herbalist. Named one of the top 100 Most Influential Health and Fitness Experts, she is also a recipient of the Natural Gourmet Institute’s Award for Excellence in Health-Supportive Education and a Health Leadership award from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Since 1999, Andrea has been teaching people how to harness the body’s own preventative and healing powers using food, herbal remedies and alternative medicine.