- Beets are a unique source of phytonutrients that have been shown to provide antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and detoxification support.
- It’s recommend that steaming times for beets be kept to 15 minutes or less
- roasting times should be kept under an hour.
- One cup of raw beet greens may contain over 275 micrograms of lutein!
How to Store
- Cut the greens and their stems from the beet roots leaving about two inches of the stem attached to prevent the roots from “bleeding.”
- Do not wash beets before storing.
- Place in a plastic bag and wrap the bag tightly around the beets, squeezing out as much of the air from the bag as possible, and place in refrigerator where they will keep for up to 3 weeks.
- Store the unwashed greens in a separate plastic bag in the refrigerator where they will keep fresh for about four days.
- Raw beets do not freeze well as they tend to become soft upon thawing.
- Freezing cooked beets is fine since they will retain their flavor and texture.
Tips for Preparing Beets
- Rinse gently under cold running water, taking care not to tear the skin to keep the health-promoting pigments inside.
- Since beet juice can stain your skin, wearing kitchen gloves is a good idea when handling beets.
- If your hands become stained during the cleaning and cooking process, simply rub some lemon juice on them to remove the stain.
- Cut beets into quarters leaving 2 inches of tap root and 1 inch of stem on the beets.
- Consumption of beets can cause urine to become red or pink in color.
- This condition”called beeturia”is not considered harmful.
- About 5-15% of U.S. adults are estimated to experience beeturia following consumption of beets in everyday amounts.
- One area in which beeturia may be a potential concern involves problems with iron metabolism.
- Persons with iron deficiency, iron excess, or known problems with the metabolism of iron are more likely to experience beeturia.
- If you experience beeturia and also suspect iron deficiency, iron excess, or iron metabolism to be a problem affecting your health, we recommend that you consult with your healthcare provider to determine your best dietary and health steps.
- It’s possible for beet consumption to bring a red color into your bowel movements as well, although this outcome tends to be more common in children than adults.
- Once again, the production of a reddish color in the stool due to beets is not considered harmful.
- It’s important, however, to be confident that the reddening of the stool is caused by the pigments found in beets and not by the presence of fresh or dried blood.
- If you experience reddening of the stool and have not recently (with the past 24-48 hours) consumed beets, we recommend that you consult with your healthcare provider to determine the reason for this change in your stool color.
Recent studies have shown these possible health benefits.
- Promotes Optimal Health
- Antioxidant Benefits
- Anti-Inflammatory Benefits
- Support of Detoxification
- anti-cancer benefits
- fiber-related benefits
Excellent source of
Very good source of
- vitamin C
Good source of
- dietary fiber