What Can Eating Beets Do For YOU?

The popularity of beets goes back to the eighteenth century, as a staple for Eastern Europe cultures who prepared beets in a famous beet soup called borscht. A good portion a week of beets can be beneficial to your overall health, in that they are a good source of energy, they have no calories to speak of and they help to increase the amount of oxygen in the cells. Most importantly, is that they taste great! Many athletes have found a lot of benefit from beets because of their good source of energy.

Other benefits that you might experience from eating beets are their anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory components. Beets have also been discovered to have heart protective abilities.

Some people have become concerned with eating a large amount of beets as the strong red pigment may produce a condition of red urine. Don’t worry, you do not need to go to the hospital, just cut back on the amount that you consume.
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Benefits of Consuming Beets are:

  • Weight Loss - Beets taste sweet, but a cup of cooked beet contains only 60 calories and is full of fiber. This is a perfect food for weight management.
  • Brain and Energy Boost - Beets are high in natural nitrates, which are converted to nitric oxide in the body. Nitric oxide is known to expand the walls of blood vessels so you can enjoy more oxygen, more nutrients, and more energy.
  • Aphrodisiac - One of the first known uses of beets was by the ancient Romans, who used them medicinally as an aphrodisiac. Many plants have been considered an aphrodisiac by some culture at some time, but in this case it may be more than just wishful thinking.
  • Super Antioxidant for a Long, Healthy, Pain-Free Life - Antioxidants help to reverse the daily accumulated wear and tear on the body, known as aging. Beets are a very good source of commonly known antioxidants like vitamin C and manganese, but it is their lesser-known antioxidants which give them their true value.
  • Anti-Inflammatory Benefits - The inflammatory response is a natural function of the body which saves our lives when it responds to the acute stresses in our lives, like bacterial infection and injury. Due to the constant stress in our modern lives, however, this inflammation becomes chronic. It is as though our body is constantly in a battle. Inflammation has been linked to a number of symptoms and diseases including:
  • Wrinkles
  • Susceptibility to infections
  • Cancer
  • Arthritis
  • Bronchitis
  • Chronic pain
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Osteoporosis
  • Heart disease
  • Candidiasis
  • Cancer Prevention -Preliminary tests suggest that beetroot ingestion can be one of the useful means to prevent lung and skin cancer. Other studies have shown that beet juice inhibits the formation of cancer-causing compounds called nitrosamines.
  • Cell Detoxification and Cleansing - The antioxidants in beets have been shown to support what is called phase 2 cleansing.In phase 2 cleansing, unwanted toxic substances are chemically combined with a small nutrient group. This combination neutralizes the toxin and makes them sufficiently water-soluble so they can be excreted through the urine.
  • Improved Mental Health - The betalains in beets has been used in certain treatments of depression. It also contains tryptophan, which relaxes the mind and creates a sense of well-being, similar to chocolate.



Recipes You Just Cant Beet!

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Rich Beet Chocolate Cake

Ingredients

Cake:

2 cup all-purpose flour

1 ¾ cup sugar

⅔ cup Dutch process cocoa powder

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

¾ cup unsalted butter at room temperature, cut into pieces

2 large eggs at room temperature

1 tsp vanilla extract

¾ cup finely grated cooked beets (about 2 large beets)

1 ¼ cup hot water

Frosting:

1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp unsalted butter

1 cup sugar

¾ cup Dutch process cocoa powder

¾ cup whipping cream

1 tsp vanilla extract

½ tsp salt

 Directions

Cake:

1. For the cake, preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease two 8-inch round cake pans. Line the bottom of the pans with parchment paper and dust the sides with flour, tapping out any excess.

2. Sift the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt into a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Add the butter and mix on low speed until the butter has been worked into the flour (it will seem dry and crumbly).

3. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix in slightly, then mix in the beets. Add the hot water while mixing on low speed, then increase the speed to medium high and continue to mix for 2 to 3 minutes, until the batter is thick and fluffy. Scrape the batter into the prepared pans, spread to level the batter and tap the pans on the counter to knock out any large air pockets.

4. Bake the cake for about 35 minutes, until a tester inserted in the centre of the cake comes out clean. Cool the cakes in their pans for 30 minutes then turn them out onto a cooling rack to cool completely.

Frosting:

1. For the frosting, melt the butter in a medium saucepot, then whisk in the sugar and cocoa powder. Continue to whisk this over medium heat until the mixture begins to bubble, then whisk in the cream. Continue to whisk until the mixture returns to a simmer (gentle bubbles) and whisk for an additional minute. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the vanilla and salt. Cool the mixture (it will look like a thick fudge sauce) to room temperature, then chill for about 1 hour, stirring occasionally while chilling. This will set the frosting to a spreadable consistency.

2. To assemble, peel the parchment from a cake layer and place it on a plate or platter. Spread an even layer of frosting over the top of the cake and place the second cake layer on top. Frost the top and sides of the cake, spreading until smooth. Chill the cake to set, but pull the cake from the fridge an hour before slicing and serving.

3. The cake will keep for up to 4 days, refrigerated.

Spicy Beet Bites

Ingredients

1 large beet, cooked and peeled

¼ cup olive oil

1 tsp coriander seeds

1 tsp cumin seeds

½ tsp cumin powder

½ tsp Ras el Hanout (optional)

¼ tsp cayenne pepper

½ tsp fleur de sel or coarse salt

black pepper to season

1 handful fresh coriander, chopped

Directions

1. Cut the beet into 3/4-inch/2 cm cubes and toss with the oil in a bowl. Gently toast the coriander and cumin seeds in a dry frying pan to release their aromas, 30 to 60 seconds. Tilt into a mortal and pestle and grind the seeds to crush slightly and release their flavour (not to turn them into powder, however). Add the remaining spices, and toss with the beet to coat evenly. Cover and leave to marinate several hours. Before serving, toss with the fresh coriander.


How To Make Beet Salad



Preparing the root in a soup or steaming the leaves is an excellent way to increase the amount of fiber that you consume on a weekly basis. Plus, this tasty vegetables can be easily added to your weekly meal planning for a extra bit of energy and there are many options available. Another suggestion is to grate this vegetable raw and add it to a salad. This adds color and provides a good natural boost to your greens.

Another plus is that you can easily grow this wonderful vegetable in your garden and have it fresh. And it can be added to your favorite smoothie for people who do not like to eat vegetables.

Beets are an excellent vegetable that not too many think of. It’s flavor adds jest to any salad or soup. This is one vegetable that you should keep in the fridge for variety and taste.
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References:

http://www.foodnetwork.ca/recipe/spicy-beet-bites/8347/

http://www.foodnetwork.ca/recipe/rich-beet-chocolate-cake/12734/

http://www.care2.com/greenliving/8-beet-benefits-aphrodisiac-brain-booster-more.html/3

https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/vegetable/beets.html

 

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