Beet greens are the dark green leafy tops of the beetroot plant. The root is well-known as a healthy food choice, but the greens contain more vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Farmers harvest the plants when they are young to obtain tender leaves and stems. We can eat these greens raw in salads and braised, steamed, or sauteed. The health benefits of beet greens are extensive, while the pleasant taste and crisps texture make it easy to incorporate into meals on a regular basis.
The body does not always digest roughage, more commonly referred to as fiber. Instead, the nutrient passes through the digestive system and regulates bowel movements. As such, doctors often recommend it to prevent constipation. Both soluble and insoluble fiber are essential to healthy digestion. Beet greens contain significant amounts of both types, and have similar properties to prebiotics, stimulating healthy bacterial growth in the digestive tract.
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