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Garden Beets

Posted Jun 05 2009 3:40pm
The garden beet, also known as beetroot, table beet, or red beet, is the most commonly found and well known beets.

Beta Vulgaris

One-half cup of cooked beets (85g) has only 37 calories and provides a good source of folic acid, manganese and potassium to help regulate blood pressure, as well as beta-carotene for better eyesight.

Beets contain the antioxidant betanin, which can help keep LDL (or "bad") cholesterol from clogging your arteries.
~Source: Dole Food Facts.

According to some studies Betaine also seems to protect against liver disease. Fatty deposits in the liver, specifically caused by protein deficiency or diabetes for instance, can be prevented by Betaine. It also helps individuals with Hypochlorhydria to increase the stomach acidity. Hypochlorhydria is a condition that causes abnormally low levels of stomach acid.

Drinking 500 ml of beet juice on a daily basis has proven to lower blood pressure within one hour and the positive effects of the juice are still measurable 24 hours after drinking it.

Ever since the Middle Ages, beet root was used as a treatment for a variety of conditions. It was especially used to treat digestion problems and blood-related conditions. It is also recommended to eat beets, while consuming garlic. This will take care of the garlic-breath.

The Betaine extracted from the beets is very popular in the food industry and most commonly used to color foods.

The beets are usually eaten boiled, but also make for a good salad. After boiling and peeling them, let them cool off and slice or chop them up. Add some oil and vinegar and your done. Simple and easy.

Try mixing the boiled and cleaned, cooled off beets with mayonnaise, a little mustard and a chopped up onion. For the ones with a preference for sweet, add in some sugar or sweetener.

Beet soup seems to be another delicious dish. I have never eaten it, but after reading how healthy this little red root is, I am inclined to try it. If you have a favorite garden beet dish, please don't hesitate to share your great taste for health.

It is always good to share, but it is even better listening to and considering what is shared. It may turn out that we have to correct a belief or adjust a value. It can expand our horizon and give us a bit more understanding. It may be a big help in coming a little closer to the truth. :-)

Proverbs 3:7-9
7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and depart from evil. 8 It will be health to your flesh, And strength to your bones.
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