If you purchase beets with greens, cut them off.
These greens can be eaten raw, blended or cooked.
The roots should be stored in a plastic produce bag in the crisper drawer.
These Produce Storage Bags are fantastic for extending the life of your produce!
Beets are rich in many vitamins and minerals: Vitamins A, B6, C, K, Beta-Carotene, Calcium, Folate, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Potassium, Riboflavin and Thiamin. Beets are a unique source of phytonutrients called “betalains”, including betanin and vulgaxanthin, which are shown to provide anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatroy and detoxification support.
Beet pigments have anti-cancer benefits as well.
Beets have incredible Nitric-Oxide producing capability. Beets are rich in naturally occurring chemicals called nitrates. When consumed, these nitrates are converted to Nitric Oxide.
Beets, are among the most powerful producers of Nitric Oxide, which allows blood vessels to relax and vasodilate (vaso = vessel, dilate = open or widen).
Beets have been proven to have the same benefits in people who suffer from high blood pressure due to atherosclerotic plaque and narrowing of the arteries.