While strolling through the aisles of the supermarket or moseying the streets of the farmers market, there’s no doubt you are engulfed by the array of bright colors of the fruits and veggies on display. Taking a closer look beyond the pure beauty of these foods, Best Food Facts received the following question:
Are beet greens as nutritious as blueberries?
We reached out to Best Food Facts nutrition advisor Carolyn O’Neil, MS, RD, to get the skinny.
There are so many nutritious and delicious foods to choose from. It's always fun to play the 'which food is healthier?’ game. But when it comes down to it - each food has its own nutrition story to tell. Beet greens are super high in vitamin A & K. Blueberries are higher in vitamin C.
So when comparing beet greens to blueberries in the nutrition department, I'd have to recommend you eat them both. They really don't replace each other or one-up each other. Both are concentrated sources of healthy plant compounds called antioxidants. Blueberries (fresh or frozen) are a great addition over yogurt or tossed into a bowl of cereal - I'd have to say that blueberries would win the popularity contest! Beet greens, sold in some markets seasonally, are tasty when prepared as you would collard greens, but they're not commonly available everywhere or all the time. As well as being high in vitamin A, beet greens are also high in vitamin K, which is important for blood clotting, so they should be avoided by people taking anticoagulant medications.
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