Health Benefits of Beets

Beets are indeed a treat -- a deliciously hearty and satisfying vegetable that is rich in nutrients and naturally low in calories and fat.

Health Benefits of Beets

Beets contain a wealth of fiber -- half soluble and half insoluble. Both types play roles in fighting fat. These colorful root vegetables contain powerful nutrient compounds that help protect against heart disease, birth defects and certain cancers, especially colon
cancer
.

Beet being sliced
Beets make a tasty and healthy addition to your diet.

Beets are particularly rich in folic acid, calcium, and iron. Consuming adequate amounts of folic acid during the childbearing years is a must for women; a deficiency in this critical nutrient has been linked to neural-tube birth defects. But this important vitamin is critical to lifelong health for men, women, and children, because long-term deficiencies have been linked to heart disease and cervical cancer, too.

Nutritional Values of Fresh and Cooked Beets
Serving Size: 2 beets
(2" diameter each)

Calories 88
Fat <1 g
Saturated Fat
0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Carbohydrate 20 g
Protein
3 g
Dietary Fiber 4 g
Sodium 154 mg
Folic Acid 160 micrograms
Magnesium 46 mg
Manganese <1 mg
Potassium
610 mg
Carotenoids
21 micrograms

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