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Learn to Love: Beets

I have heard so many bad things about beets that I feel I must defend one of my favorite veggies. This root is sweet in taste despite its tough looking skin.

The guys over at Men's Health say we should think of beets as red spinach since they are loaded with nutrition. They are high in folate an important nutrient for expectant mothers, even before they conceive! It is also high in betaine, which works with folate to help reduce inflammatory compounds that can damage your arteries and increase your risk of heart disease. Plus, the pigment that gives beets their crimson color has been identified as a potent cancer fighter in laboratory mice.

Beets are tasty roasted and make a great topping for a salad. You can also peel them and grate them for a salad topping. Plus the leaves can be used just like you would chard!

So how do you feel about this controversial veggie? Do you love it or hate it — tell me in the comment section below.

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beingtazim beingtazim 10 years
all the sugar in Canada is from beets. :) i don't mind beets fresh in a salad but i wouldn't go out of my way to eat it.
marley11 marley11 10 years
i like them sauteed!
MSL83 MSL83 10 years
loooooove 'em!
Kelli15000592 Kelli15000592 10 years
Generally, I will eat anything, but I hate beets. They taste like dirt.
shireensugar shireensugar 10 years
One of the best salad recipes I've ever gotten: Mixed greens with roasted beets, grapefruit, avocado and a grapefruit balsamic vinaigrette. Try it!
Feesje Feesje 10 years
I hate beets. A certain ex-family member used to cook this ALL the time. I will never eat it again.
mwmsjuly19 mwmsjuly19 10 years
LOOOOOVE. Such a tasty veggie.
CestLaVie CestLaVie 10 years
I like them-cooked, chilled with a little salt and voila! Yummy side dish!
Ikandy Ikandy 10 years
Man, I wish I could learn to likem. I love making juices and beets are super potent veggies, which I love. Its also in alot of juicing recipes...but when I made it, it was so gross, I couldnt drink it! Maybe I'll try roasting.
Alison-L Alison-L 10 years
I love pickled beets. I really know how to prepare fresh beets.
ktownpolarbear ktownpolarbear 10 years
i love them already. no learning necessary. :)
CAcyclegirl CAcyclegirl 10 years
Love love love them!
Bahia Bahia 10 years
They make me gag. I really can't eat them!
jhuck jhuck 10 years
I'm not a big fan. I'm half Ukrainian so my relatives would always make Borscht on holidays, and I'm the only one who didn't like it. I've tried beets a few times since and I still don't really enjoy them.
sparklestar sparklestar 10 years
I love them! In fact I love them so much I might just go and eat some now.. =D
marciann marciann 10 years
I love beets with goat cheese, some crushed up walnuts, and balsamic vinegar drizzled on top! It's yummy! You can buy the beets already cleaned and peeled near the pre-packaged salads in your grocery store.
AuroraBorealis AuroraBorealis 10 years
I love them, with a simple vinaigrette including french mustard, and/or with goat cheese like feta, the sweet taste mixes very well with smoked salmon or other smoked meats....
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