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Beetroots are a very divisive vegetable. You either hate them or love them. Working with them is messy - they stain hands, clothes and countertops. So why bother cooking beets? Because they are healthy, tasty and sexy (more on this later!).
Most people are familiar with the ruby-toned variety but beets come in a rainbow of colors. They are amazing roasted, which highlights their sweetness, but also crunchy and delicious when shredded raw into salads. Its green leaves are great sautéed with garlic and are high in vitamins A and C.
Not only are beetroots a culinary gem but they are loaded with nutrients that improve liver function and help fight cancer, among many other things.
Here are some surprising benefits (and compelling reasons) you, too, should be eating beetroots:
BEETS HELP YOU RELAX
This colorful root vegetable is rich in tryptophan, the same amino acid that makes you doze off after eating turkey. Relax the mind and reduce stress with this exquisite recipe for seared trout with beets and pea puree.
BEETS MAY IMPROVE YOUR SEX LIFE
It may be hard to believe but this humble vegetable is considered an aphrodisiac. That's thanks to its high content of boron, which is said to increase testosterone levels. Blend it with seafood and you've got yourself the perfect date night meal. Try this enticing lobster and beetroot appetizer.
BEETS ARE RICH IN FOLIC ACID
Folic acid aids the body in producing new cells, thus it is an essential nutrient for pregnant women. Get your daily dose of folic acid from raw beets in the form of smoothies. Try this delicious recipe for beet, carrot and pineapple smoothie.
BEETS ARE SWEET..NUFF SAID
Have a sweet tooth? Then indulge in beets. They are naturally sweet, which makes them ideal for baking. Try whipping up this delectable chocolate-beet cupcake.
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