By Nutrition resident Jacquelyn Lombardi
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Adapted from: Whole Food Cooking Every Day
Beets are rich in beneficial phytonutrients lending to their beautiful pigments. The most studied of these bioactive compounds are called betalains. Beets also contain betaine, a nutrient made from the B-complex vitamin choline, which acts as a methyl donor in the methionine cycle. A diet rich in foods containing betalain and betaine has been correlated with a decrease in blood pressure, cholesterol, and homocysteine – a favorable outcome in optimizing methylation. In addition, betalains are capable of scavenging reactive oxygen species and exhibiting antioxidant effects. As we transition to warmer days, pair this bold, beet salad dressing with your favorite spring vegetable salad or enjoy simply as a dip for roasted veggies such as sweet potatoes, broccoli, fennel, and cauliflower.
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