The health benefits of beets are impressive: Drinking beet juice could help you exercise longer, according to a 2009 study published in the Journal of Applied Physiology. Study participants saw benefits after drinking two cups (500 mL) daily for six days.
In fact, you could say that this root veggie is something of a rock star when it comes to nutrition. It belongs to the chenopod subfamily, a group of superfoods that include chard, spinach and quinoa. Beets have a range of health benefits, from lowering blood pressure (thanks to their high nitrate levels) to providing detox support (due to the megadose of betalains they contain). Beets are also good for the brain. They contain betaine, an amino acid used to form the brain chemicals responsible for our body’s natural antidepressants.
Not a fan of plain, steamed beets? Good thing there are so many other ways to enjoy them, from smoothies, to salads, to dessert, even! Here are our best healthy beet recipes: