It wouldn’t be nutrition month without a tribute to beets. God I love beets! This colorful and sweet root vegetable may not be the richest vegetable in nutrients; but please, please, PLEASE do not overlook them.
The active nutrient in beets is betaine and it is crucial for lowering blood pressure; and contains anti-inflammatory properties. Is it a coincidence that this violet colored root vegetable stains everything it comes in contact with the color of blood? I think not. I’ve always thought of it as their way of telling the world that they are good for our vital fluids; and the nitrates present help prevent blood clots- ladies on Birth Control, I’m looking at you!