Beets are the root of the beet plant, usually grown in North America.
What They Do
Beets are considered a superfood and are a source of nutrients that are known for being packed with antioxidants and detoxifying agents. The unique nutrients in beets can neutralize toxins in the liver and help eliminate them from the body. If you're doing a health cleanse or juice diet, beets are a highly efficient ingredient to include—but you have to make sure you don't cook them too long. Since beets can lose their most important benefits if overcooked, experts say it's best to chop them (leaving skins on) and steam for 15 minutes or less.
In addition to being a great detox agent, beets are also considered to have anti-cancer benefits. Beets are antioxidants and contain anti-inflammatory molecules that are said to reduce the risk of breast, colon, stomach and lung cancer.
Why I Love Them
I like to add steamed beets to salad and I always try to include fresh beets whenever I'm at a juice bar. Also, since beets are highly pigmented, I use them as an all-natural for dye when I make play-dough with the kids.