The inspiration for this Blog was 3rdtimethecharm11 's suggestion that beets were a good idea if you have sugar problems.
I did some poking around online, and discovered they were a natural source of ALA, or Alpha Lipoic Acid, which I had heard was helpful but which I did not know was in beets!
So thank you Mzzcharming...
Here's an article that gives more info on this beautiful magenta root!
While we're on this topic, I figured I'd add one of the funky side effects one can have from eating beets... um... since I ate them last nite and it happened to yours truly!
Its called Beeturia, and it colors your urine a shade of red to brown.
This can easily be confused with a painless urinary track infection... but what it actually is, is the magenta betalain pigment that gives Beets their beautiful color, passing thru your colon wall, filtered out by the kidneys.
There's some correlation between "iron hunger"... malabsorption syndromes, anemia, or hemochromatosis, low levels of acid in the stomach, the type of resident bacteria you have in your gut, foods high in oxalates eaten at the same time. In short, Beeturia can be caused by any number of things from transient( like eating beets with spinach and almonds) or more serious like anemia and hemochromatosis.
I've also gotten Beeturia from Red Swiss Chard. I was slightly anemic at the time, so it might be time for me to run a CBC and serum ferritin, to check my iron status.
Just letting ya'll know in order to avoid a panicked trip to emergency room!
Thanks everyone for their response, Anna and Mzzcharming, your recipes sound yummy and I also read somewhere that having yogurt with beets helps prevent Beeturia.
Have a fun weekend!