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Why You Should Be Obsessed With Beets

Written by emilyc

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Are you obsessed with beets yet? If not, you should really consider it. I used to be skeptical of the deep magenta color – it just didn’t seem right for a vegetable – but now they’re one of my favorite foods next to cookie dough. Good thing beets have pretty much endless health benefits. Here are a few of them:

They’re low cal. Yes, beets taste sweet, but a cup of cooked beets has only 60 calories! Plus, they contain tons of fiber. Yay!

They boost your brain and your energy. Throwback to biology class: beetsΒ increase the efficiency of the mitochondria – your body’s energy powerhouses.

A myriad of antioxidants. Beets are a great source of the well known antioxidants like vitamin C and manganese, but it’s the betalains in beets that make them true antioxidant superstars. Betalains have literally thousands of health benefits, but chief among them are the prevention of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.

They have anti-inflammatory benefits. Inflammation in the body is a constant struggle with all the stresses in our everyday lives. Beets help to counteract that, which can prevent such inflammation-related ailments as cancer, arthritis, bronchitis (ain’t nobody got time for that), chronic pain, diabetes, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, heart disease, oh and wrinkles.

Detox the easy way. Eating beets can help cleanse your body of toxins by making them more water soluble so that they can be easily excreted.

Save money on a therapist. Beets are shown to improve mental health. It’s those betalains again; they fight against depression. Beets also contain tryptophan – a chemical that causes a sense of well-being!

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Emily is a New Yorker trapped in a Floridian's body and loves every minute of her big city life. With a major in international business and years of being surrounded by ill-fitting suits and all the wrong shoes, she learned that the importance of fashion needs to be communicated to the world. To her, fashion is on the same level as charity work and feeding hungry children. Emily can be found frolicking the streets of her gayborhood enjoying the off-color humor of the gays.

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