Beets are one of the healthiest foods you can juice, hands down. If you have not ever tried beet juice, now is the time to start. Beet were regarded by many ancient cultures not as food but as medicine, a testimony to their potency.
At first, beets were valued specifically for their leaves, which are loaded with nutritional and therapeutic value. However, now it is well known that beetroots themselves have much to offer.
In the same family as spinach and chard, beets contain vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber. They are also high in vitamins C and B6, folate, manganese, betaine and potassium.
Beets are rich in a very unique source of phytonutrients called betalains. Both betanin and vulgaxanthin, two highly researched betalains found in beets, have powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and detoxification properties.
Nutritional Profile of Raw Beets
Here is a breakdown of what one cup of raw beets contain:
- 58 calories
- 13 grams of carbohydrates
- 2 grams of protein
- provides 15 of vitamin A,
- provides 2% of calcium
- provides 11% of vitamin C
- provides 6% of iron