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Beets can be incorporated into a variety of recipes with gourmet ingredients.

Beets can be incorporated into a variety of recipes with gourmet ingredients.

While most people are not a big fan of beets or credit them for staining great clothes, beets are great to have around.  No– we are not simply talking about women that want to paint their nails or color lips.  I, on the other hand, have always loved beets. Jennifer, my AT teacher, loves the beet salad at the Trio Restaurant in Cincinnati.

I recently started taking a supplement called A-F Betafood Beets are great for the gallbladder.  Here are various things that beets help with:

Top Fifteen Beets Benefits

1. Build Endurance 🙂

If you are planning on starting a new running routine, this is the perfect vegetable to supplement with.  Beets help direct more oxygen into the body and helps people recover quickly from exercise.  It reduces the amount of oxygen needed in physical activity.

2. Reduce Inflammation (Such As Arthritic Pain)

Beet juice fights inflammation by boosting immunity and reducing skin problems such as acne and boils.

3. Detoxifies the Liver and Blood

Beets help protect against fatty depositions that may hurt your liver.

4. High Nutrient Density (Calcium, Iron, Potassium, Protein, Various Vitamins, Folic Acid, Manganese, Various Amino Acids)

If you are a college student like me and worried about maybe not getting enough nutrition from your normal school food, then this is a great vegetable obviously to keep in the fridge.  I would go to Trader Joe’s and get some organic beets.

5. High Source of Fiber for Weight Loss.

Fiber keeps the waste in your intestines progressing forward at a good rate.  Fiber also stimulates more detoxifying enzymes to be made in the liver.  Beets are also very low in calories, which makes sense in the context of weight loss.

6. Brain and Energy Boost: Great Night Snack

Beets help widen blood vessels and increases daily flow of blood to the brain.

7. The Pigments Help Keep Cancer in Check

Beet juice helps get rid of free radicals that can cause tumors.

8. Eye health (Macular and Retina Health)

Drink raw beet juice will provide the nutrients to boost healthy eyes.

9. Improves Digestive Health

In addition to helping with fat digestion with the gallbladder, beet juice also cleanses the intestines and stimulates intestinal nerves.

10. Treats Tooth Aches and Headaches

I guess this comes in the reduces inflammation benefit package.

11. Removes Skin Blemishes and Dark Spots

You can physically apply beet juice to your skin to keep it supple.

12. Makes Hair Thick and Shiny

Beet juice nourishes hair follicles.  You can also use it in your hair for a nice dye.

13. Reduces Muscle Tension

The juice from the beetroot contains these healthy compounds.

14. Lowers Stress and Anxiety

Make yourself a beet juice smoothie before a big exam.

 15. Beets Also Great for Removing Fungi….and Much More

Again, the betalain includes magical effects.

Ways to Cook Beets 

Fortunately, there are several ways to cook beets.

1. Juicing

Beets juice very well with ginger and apples.  Here are seven great recipes.

2. Microwaving

In college dorms, there aren’t always kitchens, so this is very convenient.  Put about an inch of water in a glass bowl and cook the beets for two to four minutes each, depending on the size.

3. Raw

Beets are at their best in late summer, so simply preserve their nutritional value by tossing the beets in some lemon juice and agave nectar. Then put it on a salad.

4. Roasting

Place sliced beets in a foil covered baking dish drizzled in olive oil and put in oven.

5. Cook with Water

Boil the beets in a large saucepan.

 This led me to think about why foods are not created equal in terms of nutritional content…

As you probably have realized from reading this blog, that the amount of nutrients we derive from food seems to really vary between different foods, and I think that this is mostly correlated with the fallen nature of the world.  On the other hand, things that tend to be delicious to eat also seems to highly coincide with high processed methods, artificial  additives, etc.  While our parents have encouraged us to eat things that we may dislike throughout the years, it is more important to think about why we live in a world that is so?

Personally, I believe that our food illustrates that we need to live in this world but not of it.  Our food balance is initiated in a way that while we may enjoy food, it is a highly great idea not to indulge.  This is seen in John 17: 14-19:

“I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth.”

Here is a great article from the United Church of God about this piece of Scripture.

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