Dr Oz’s Ultimate Checklist: Antioxidants show included a segment called The Super Antioxidant You’re Not Eating: Beets. Doctor Oz said that beets boost your brain. In fact, there are many health secrets hidden in beets. Even if you think beets are bland and tasteless, have an open mind. When I was a child, my mother would try to get me to eat beets from a can, and I absolutely hated them. But just last year, I bought some fresh beets in the produce section and roasted them in the oven (just like how Dr Oz said he makes beets) and they were delicious. My husband and I could not stop eating them!
Dr Oz: Beets Help Blood Flow
Dr Oz said that the blood red color of beets should remind you that they are good for blood flow. The Nitric Acid that beets produce in your body open up blood vessels so that blood can surge throughout your body – to your heart, brain, etc. Dr Oz said that a study found that beets may help to fight off Dementia, because older people who drank Beet Juice had an increase in blood flow to the front part of their brains. Beet juice is one easy and delicious way to get beets into your diet, because it is sweet and people tend to like it.
Dr Oz also said that beets boost your endurance. Bikers who eat beets have found that they have a 20% increase in their endurance. Dr Oz said that he even juices the green parts of the beets – so do not throw them out!
Dr Oz: Beets Fight Cancer
Dr Oz said that beets help to fight off Colon Cancer and Leukemia, because the pigment found in beets helps to prevent cancer cells from forming and prospering. Beets also help to reduce inflammation which can lead to heart disease.
Dr Oz: Beets Help Weight Loss
Dr Oz said that beets help you lose weight. If you boil a 1/2 cup of beets, it is only 37 calories and no fat. It is a bit higher in sugar than some vegetables, but it also has good fiber.
Dr Oz: How to Cook Beets
Dr Oz showed multi-color beets, yellow beets and red beets – all of which are delicious. He said that when he makes beets at home, he uses one of two methods:
Dr Oz: How to Boil Beets
Dr Oz boils beets for 10-15 minutes, and then rubs them under cold water to remove the skin. One word of caution from personal experience is that the dark red beets can stain badly (both your clothing and your hands), so I always make sure to wear rubber gloves and an apron.
Dr Oz: How to Roast Beets
Dr Oz roasts beets in the oven at 350 degrees for about an hour. I would suggest wrapping the beet in aluminum foil and placing them on a baking sheet, to make cleanup easier.
Dr Oz: Beet Recipe
Dr Oz said that after he cooks his beets, he chops them up and tosses them with some garlic and balsamic vinegar and then tops them with a little Gorgonzola cheese on top – delicious!