FILLED WITH EARTHY, SWEET FLAVOR, BEETS ARE A SUPERFOOD POWERHOUSE! Beets like to show off a little at the dinner table with their vibrant color and many health benefits. They contain vitamins and minerals like iron, potassium, magnesium, copper, manganese and B vitamins. Popular among athletes, beets have nitrates that convert to nitric oxide in the body. This dilates blood vessels and helps improve circulation and endurance. The health benefits don’t stop there. Beets also have an amino acid called betaine that has been shown to help reduce the buildup of fat in the liver. Finally, beets contain antioxidants and anti- inflammatories that may help combat diseases such as cancer and heart disease. pick up the beet B eets like to show off a little at the dinner table with their vibrant color and many health benefits. They are a superfood that contains vitamins and minerals like folate, manganese, copper, fiber, and potassium. The bright pigment in beets is called betanin. It can be especially beneficial to athletes and people with high blood pressure due to its positive impact on delivering oxygen to the blood vessels. How does it work? Natural nitrates (from the betanin, not those found in preserved meats) turn into nitric oxide, which dilates the blood vessels and can improve endurance. OUR DIETITIAN’S DISH: “Beets are nutritious and delicious! Filled with the mineral manganese that helps our brains and nerves function properly, beets are great in a hearty fall salad or served as a side dish.” —Meghan Sedivy, Fresh Thyme Registered Dietitian FILLED WITH SWEET, EARTHY FLAVOR, BEETS ARE A NUTRITIONAL POWERHOUSE! 016-019 Pick Up the Beet.indd 16 8/13/18 5:04 PM