Nutritional Value Of Beets

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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!

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Elsie Young