value (calories per serving): Low
Moderate Fat: Low
vitamin contribution: Vitamin C
mineral contribution: Potassium
the Nutrients in Beets
roots, high-carbohydrate foods that provide sugars, starch, and small
amounts of dietary fiber, insoluble cellulose in the skin, and soluble
pectins in the flesh. Beets are also a good source of the B vitamin
cup cooked fresh beets has 1 g dietary fiber and 68 mcg folate (34
percent of the RDA for a man, 38 percent of the RDA for a woman).
Most Nutritious Way to Serve Beets
dissolve the stiff cell walls and make the nutrients inside available.
That May Restrict or Exclude Beets
Smooth round globes with fresh, crisp green leaves on top.
with soft spots or blemishes that suggest decay underneath.
the nutrients in beets by storing the vegetables in a cool place, such
as the vegetable crisper in your refrigerator. When stored, the beet
root converts its starch into sugars; the longer it is stored, the
sweeter it becomes.
green tops from beets before storing and store the beet greens like
other leafy vegetables, in plastic bags in the refrigerator to keep them
from drying out and losing vitamins.
beets and beet greens within a week.