Many studies have found that the nitric oxide contained in these scarlet root vegetables can give your workout a serious boost and may help blood pressure. But those same compounds react with heat really bad.
“If cooked, nitrate-rich foods are not cooled properly and further reheated, the nitrates can get converted to nitrites, and then to nitrosamines, some of which are known to be carcinogenic,” Shelke says. So, unfortunately, regularly eating reheated beets or beet products (also turnips, another nitrate-rich root veg) may up your risk for certain cancers.
Ahh, and a vegetable chopper might save you a lot of time… Here’s our fav!
Bonus: What Meals Can You Make With Beets?
- Roasted Beet And Goat Cheese Salad
- Cherry Berry Beet Smoothie
- Oven Baked Beet Chips
You’ll not want to chip this next one off the block…..