The deep red color can be a little intimidating, but earthy beets give us fiber, iron and vitamin C. "Plus, they contain betacyanin, a powerful cancer-fighting agent that has been shown to help prevent colon cancer," said dietitian Gloria Tsang, founder of the online nutrition community Healthcastle.com. They also contain antioxidants that have been shown to lower total cholesterol while increasing HDL (good) cholesterol. Try them: Try marinating steamed beets in fresh lemon juice, olive oil and fresh herbs. Grate raw beets onto salads, soups or any other dish. Or simply roast them with other veggies, Tsang suggested. But don't cook beets too long, because their anti-cancer activity is diminished by heat.
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