When I think of beets, I automatically go to that episode of “Gilligan’s Island” when the radioactive seeds showed up on the island and everybody grew their favorite vegetable. Mrs. Howell was particularly fond of beets and the sugar content grew exponentially as a result of the radioactivity. The comedy of the scene grew from Lovey Howell racing around like an adult on Ritalin. While eating beets are not going to give you a surge of energy such as that experienced by Mrs. Thurston Howell III, but you can still enjoy some nutritional benefits from the reddish purple vegetable.
That reddish purple hue that gives beets their distinctive aesthetic quality is the result of betacyanin. This phytochemical has been at the center of studies that indicate it contains great potential for fighting cancer cells. Essentially, this means adding betacyanin to the growing list of antioxidants, which can be viewed as the Marines unit which the body calls into action to defend itself against free radicals attempting to storm the shores of Tripoli known as neurotoxicity. Eating beets is a sweet way to fend off the dangerous effects of eating the rest of the toxins that make up the typical American diet.
Beets are an especially fibrous vegetable. Just one little beet two inches in diameter has the potential to provide you with as much at 10% of your recommended daily allowance of fiber. You will find no shortage of information on the value of adding fiber to your diet. In addition to helping your digestive system, eating the fiber in beets may also be of value in reducing the amount of bad cholesterol in the body.
Pregnant women should particularly consider adding beets to their diet. Those two inches of diameter in the average beet may contain enough folate by itself to account for nearly a quarter of what the average person needs. Pregnant woman are advised to increase this average amount ever since studies indicated that folate may possess the power to reduce neural tube defects. Even those who are do not benefit from consuming folate by cutting down on chances are birth defects can gain from the advantage. Folate can also help defend the body against the onset of coronary disease and various types of cancer. Beets are doubly sweet to those who engage in consumption as they can add sugary flavor to a dinner while stemming off the ravages of age.