Surprising Side Effects Of Eating Beets

Beetroot — or beets as they’re commonly known in the United States — are a root vegetable. The edible bulb is purple-ish and round. They’re edible and full of nutrients, too.

What Are Beets?

Beets are easily recognized by their rich red-purple color found in the most common varieties. The color comes from betalains, which are nitrogen-containing pigments

Jewel-Toned Veggie

Betalains are often used to reduce oxidative stress, inflammation, and blood pressure. Don’t confuse beetroot with sugar beets though. They are very different nutritionally.

The Color of Health

Betalains are also used as a natural food dye. Betalains give a rich reddish-purple color without the potential health risks that come with artificial colors. Just be careful.

Natural Food Dye

“Eating beets can cause your urine to turn bright red, which can be alarming at first, but don’t panic because it’s completely harmless.”

But They Turn Everything Red

A cup of beets offers nearly 4 grams of filling fiber, which is great for digestive health and controlling appetite.In addition, beets are packed with potassium, folate, and beta carotene

Full of Fiber

“One glass of beetroot juice a day can be a cost-effective and natural way to help manage blood pressure,” Larsen said.

Healthier Blood Pressure Link

The nitrates in beetroot helped significantly improve insulin sensitivity in study participants with type 2 diabetes in just two weeks, according to another study.

Insulin Response Improved

 Antioxidants are a powerful ingredient for reducing risk of heart disease, some cancers, and arthritis.

Antioxidant Action

Beets has been shown to help reduce the pain of arthritis. Study participants reported a 33% reduction in arthritis-related pain after just 10 days of taking a betalain extract. 

Eases Arthritis Pain

“The earthy and slightly sweet flavor pairs well with cheese, vegetables, and protein. Try adding roasted beets to a salad with spinach, goat cheese, and vinaigrette dressing.”

How to Eat Them

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