Are you eating beets?

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    Monica Lee
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      Beets have phytochemicals, antioxidants, and fiber that are beneficial for the body. Beets have also been shown to have anti-inflammatory benefits. Not only does this root vegetable contain vitamin and minerals, but nitrates as well.

      Nitrates become nitric oxide in the human body. These nitric oxides increase blood flow, hormone levels, and cell signaling. Nitrates are also found in celery, cabbage, spinach, lettuce, and other leafy greens as well as in processed meats. The nitrates in plant based have positive affects, while the nitrates in processed meats are possibly linked to cancer.

      The nitrates in beet juice have been proven in research to help muscles work efficiently by decreasing their oxygen and increasing blood flow. Most studies have demonstrated the affect of consuming beet juice and beets to reduce heart rate, increase length of exhaustion, increase length of endurance exercise, and reduce the amount of energy used. These tests were performed on swimmers, runners and bikers. The athletes in these studies drank 1-2 cups of beet juice before performing endurance tests.

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      Harrison Shao
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        Looks delicious!

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        Kim Degen
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          I want to because of their benefits but I can’t stand the taste. Any recommendations on how I can learn to like them?

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          Thom
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            no…but love raw radishes. Any benefits there?

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            Monica Lee
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              If you mix the beets with fruit such as citrus and berries it usually cuts the taste in a smoothie.

              As for radishes they don’t have the same effect as beets, but it has many benefits for the body. They are in season right now and most of our radishes come from California and Florida. They contain high amounts of vitamin c, potassium, and fiber.

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