As Michael Jackson Said, Beet It

I’m sure that was what the King of Pop was actually talking about. 

This weekend, I roasted these amazing beets for an afternoon salad. And as soon as they came out of the oven, I had to take this picture. Beets are art. Just look at these. Is there anything in the known universe that looks anything like this deeply carmine veg? 

I think that I shall never meet

A root so lovely as a beet. 

Not just a pretty face 
Not only are they amazing to just look at, but beets have special phytonutrients called betalains, which take out the metabolic trash in your system that can lead to an awful nest of health problems such as cancer (sciencespeak, they provide antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and detoxification support through glutathione). 

In fact, they’ve been shown to reduce tumor cell growth from colon, stomach, nerve, lung, breast, prostate and testicular tissue through a number of pathways, including inhibition of pro-inflammatory enzymes. 

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Careful how you cook them
Like some other nutrients such as vitamin C, beets’ amazing betalains are labile, and will degrade if you overcook them. That doesn’t mean you have to eat them raw like an apple. You can steam them for about 15 minutes, or roast for less than 60 minutes.

The beets in the picture above were roasted for 40 minutes at 425 with a drizzle of olive oil, white wine vinegar, and S&P. That’s seriously all it takes!

Don’t Forget The Greens

When you buy the entire beet, including the green tops, you can throw them in a pan. Just wilt them down just like you would do with other greens. Why? Because they taste good, for starters, but beet greens are also a huge source of two carotenes that play an important role in health, and especially eye health (lutein/zeaxanthin). 

1 cup of leafy beet greens can contain over 275 micrograms of lutein! 

Bottom line? 
From the beautiful color of the root to the health impact of the greens, I’d say beets are definitely easy on the eyes.

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