These colorful root vegetables contain phytonutrients called betalains that give beets their rich color. Betalains have been shown to provide antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and detoxification effects.
One cup of raw beets provides 37% of your recommended daily value of folate, and are also a good source of manganese, fiber, potassium, and vitamin C. These nutrients have been shown to protect against heart disease, birth defects, and certain cancers.
Shopping and Storage Tips:
- Choose small to medium sized beets. Avoid beets with spots, bruises, or soft areas which may indicate spoilage.
- Do not wash beets before storing. Put beets in a plastic bag and wrap it tightly around the beets to get rid of air. Beets will keep in the fridge for up to 3 weeks. Cooked beets may be frozen.