Now that spring has officially sprung, consider switching up your consumption of greens with an infusion of color by adding purple beets. Who knew that this purple powerhouse was part of the same veggie family as Swiss chard? (Psssst…we were surprised, too!) Intrigued about the beautiful beet and anxious to learn more? Well, look no further than Best Food Facts!
Did you know that betalains are the pigments that create the bright color of beets, and betaine, a substance in beets is thought to relax the mind? Tricky, huh? Beets are high in potassium, copper, folate and manganese as well as phytonutrients, natural plant compounds, with antioxidants that possess anti-inflammatory and detoxification properties.
In Italy, the Romans ate beets as an aphrodisiac and in Russia and Ukraine beets are combined with beef broth and sour cream in a dish called borscht. Beets are also enjoyed during Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year. But don’t just take our word for it. Beets have a long historical history and are enjoyed by many who like to eat well throughout the world.
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