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are beets healthy?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created February 12, 2013 at 9:26 PM

well, are they?

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on February 20, 2013
at 01:57 AM

Thanks! I've always wondered about that, lol.

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on February 13, 2013
at 08:17 AM

No, sugar beets are a different vegetable. They are a creamy white colour too - unlike the beetroot we eat.

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on February 13, 2013
at 03:20 AM

healthFUL* .

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on February 13, 2013
at 01:18 AM

I love beet kvass and it's easy to make. I bought a bottle once (so I'd know if it tasted right when I first made it) and it only listed 1 carb per 4 oz serving. We use the spent beets in soup--they lose their color and look and taste just like potatoes.

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on February 13, 2013
at 12:58 AM

I should list the source as "LetMeGoogleThisForYou"...buuut it's http://home.howstuffworks.com/beets3.htm

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on February 12, 2013
at 10:56 PM

If you quote something, you should source it, too! :-)

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on February 12, 2013
at 09:48 PM

Yeah man, if you have room for the carbs in your diet they are a good choice. Especially if you are an athlete, as beets are very strong nitrate donors, which helps fascilitate vasodilation and oxygenation of one's blood

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on February 13, 2013
at 01:14 AM

Yes. They are packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. As other posters said, keep an eye on overall carbs. Be aware that they might turn your poop or urine red. No harm, but it can be startling.

A great way to eat beets is as beet kvass, a nourishing lactofermented drink. It's a salty beverage, so kind of weird to drink. More of a tonic than a refreshment. It's supposed be detoxifying and good for your liver. The lactic acid bacteria consume a lot of the sugars, so it is tangy rather than sweet. Here's a couple of links:

http://gnowfglins.com/2011/08/12/beet-kvass/#infform_id0_h470.66666662693024_w280

http://thenourishingcook.com/how-to-make-fermented-beet-kvass/

If you can, buy your beets organic and fresh, so they still have lots of nice healthy fresh tops attached. You can cook them like spinach. I like to sautee lightly, dress with a little apple cider vinegar, and serve with a couple of over-easy eggs on top.

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on February 13, 2013
at 01:18 AM

I love beet kvass and it's easy to make. I bought a bottle once (so I'd know if it tasted right when I first made it) and it only listed 1 carb per 4 oz serving. We use the spent beets in soup--they lose their color and look and taste just like potatoes.

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on February 12, 2013
at 09:44 PM

Why wouldn't they be? They are a vegetable...and delicious.

"Beets contain a wealth of fiber -- half soluble and half insoluble. Both types play roles in fighting fat. These colorful root vegetables contain powerful nutrient compounds that help protect against heart disease, birth defects and certain cancers, especially colon cancer."

"Beets are particularly rich in folic acid, calcium, and iron"

86c97b2779feab3c330f5e1c5fea7e25

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on February 13, 2013
at 12:58 AM

I should list the source as "LetMeGoogleThisForYou"...buuut it's http://home.howstuffworks.com/beets3.htm

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on February 12, 2013
at 10:56 PM

If you quote something, you should source it, too! :-)

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on February 13, 2013
at 11:35 AM

Beets are good for you. However, since 2009, most beets in the US are GMO. So hunt for organic ones.

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on February 13, 2013
at 07:20 AM

One of the first known uses of beets was by the ancient Romans, who used them medicinally as an aphrodisiac. And that???s not just urban legend ??? science backs it up. Beets contain high amounts of boron, which is directly related to the production of human sex hormones.

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on February 13, 2013
at 07:00 AM

I just have the gut feeling that beets are the most healthy regular root. I prefer them to sweet potatoes. Yes there is some sugar but its ok as long as you keep it whole.

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Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on February 12, 2013
at 11:02 PM

I'll rephrase your question to be apt, and then answer it.

"Can beets be factored into a healthy diet?"

Yes, absolutely.

Beets are not a starchy, ground vegetable, but a sugary one - more so than carrots (which contain a little starch and mostly sugar), so there may be considerations for some that need to watch the amount of sucrose (or fructose) they consume. For the majority of us, cooked beets can be delicious, healthy, and overall amazing.

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D5cc9a30fa713e09330d945ece5f4c07

on February 13, 2013
at 03:26 AM

When I used to do vegetable juicing beets were the absolute most powerful juice. Even a small glass is so densely loaded with nutrients that it can make you nauseated when you first start juicing. I wonder if the food beets sold in the vegetable section and canned are the same as the Sugar Beets they make table sugar from? Anyway, I love pickled beets on salads.

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on February 13, 2013
at 08:17 AM

No, sugar beets are a different vegetable. They are a creamy white colour too - unlike the beetroot we eat.

D5cc9a30fa713e09330d945ece5f4c07

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on February 20, 2013
at 01:57 AM

Thanks! I've always wondered about that, lol.

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Cc3ce03985eac5ebcbb95fc2329f13b0

on February 13, 2013
at 12:09 AM

The greens are healthier.

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