🌱 Beets are a root vegetable that resemble turnips or rutabagas. They have an impressive nutritional profile and if you swore these off in your youth, it may be time to give beets another try.
🌱 Beets are low in calories at 44 for a 3.5oz serving but still contain amounts of almost all the vitamins and minerals you need.
🌱 Specifically, beets are high in folate, which plays a critical role in your growth and development as well as heart health.
🌱 They also contain a good amount of manganese for bone health, nutrient processing, and brain functioning.
🌱 Their high levels of copper can help with energy production and proper functioning of your body’s neurotransmitters.
🌱 Beets have been shown to have positive effects on blood pressure (especially systolic) due to their combo of nitrates and folate. Nitrates have also been found to help increase cognitive functions.
🌱 The nitrates in beets may also help boost athletic performance. A study found that beet juice helped enhance endurance and efficiency for athletes if consumed 2-3 hours prior to competing.
🌱 Fiber that’s found in beets can have positive effects on your digestive health by keeping you regular, reducing inflammation, and feeding friendly gut bacteria.