Nutritional Value Of Beets
By Dr. Mercola
Beets are an ancient, prehistoric food that grew naturally along coastlines in North Africa, Asia, and Europe. Initially, it was the beet greens that were consumed; the sweet red beetroot that most people think of as a "beet" today wasn't cultivated until the era of ancient Rome.1
By the 19th century, however, the natural sweetness of beets came to be appreciated, and beets began to be used as a source of sugar (reportedly, Napoleon was responsible for declaring that beets be used as a primary source of sugar after the British restricted access to sugar cane).2
Today, sugar beets (unfortunately often genetically modified) are a standard raw material used for the production of sugar, but many people are missing out on including them in the whole form in their regular diet. There's a good reason to do so, in fact, as beets contain a variety of unique health-boosting nutrients that you may not be getting elsewhere. Plus, they're delicious!