Why Beets Should Be On Your Menu Plan
People who are trying to lose weight often forget why certain foods are so important. Beets are just one of those foods. Not only are they full of nutrients, they also provide color and texture. Many people discount them because they are quickly converted to glucose once they enter the body. That isn't necessarily a bad thing, especially if you eat them in the afternoon and want a quick burst of energy. Adding beet juice to a smoothie or protein shake can also be beneficial.
When you break down the nutrient content of beets, you begin to see why they are so important. First, they contain nitrates. Nitrates are found in the soil and are used by plants as a good source of nitrogen. In the body, nitrates are converted to nitric oxide which has been shown to dramatically reduce blood pressure levels. Individuals who normally have a high blood pressure reading will produce lower readings if nitric oxide is in the bloodstream.
Beets also contain an abundance of other nutrients, including fiber, that help to restore balance in the body. They contain an abundance of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, potassium and magnesium, as well as plant antioxidants that help to destroy free radicals and remove them from the body. They even contain a small amount of iron, which many women need but have a hard time getting enough of.
When it comes to restoring a healthy balance to your diet, beets are a natural choice. Foods are made in different colors for a reason. Beets add the deep, rich, purples and pinks, while offering an abundance of nutrients that not only improve general health, but give weight loss plans a fresh kick that keeps them interesting and enjoyable.
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