Ahh the beet. For some, beets elicit happy feelings. For others (I’m looking at you @grownups), they elicit a cringe-worthy reaction. While beets are polarizing for some— we love them. And here’s why.
Benefits of Beets
- Skin Health: Beets contain a type of phytonutrients known as betalains, which function as an antioxidant and as an anti-inflammatory. Betalains, along with omega fatty acids, promote overall skin health, as well as protects against cancer.
- Digestive Health: Beets are high in fiber, which promotes a healthy digestive system.
- Heart Health: Beets contain betaine and choline, which work to regulate inflammation, contributing to overall heart health. Beets are also high in folate, which helps maintain a healthy heart.
- Blood Health: Beets contain a compound known as glutathione, which are essential for liver and digestive organ detoxification, contributing to overall blood and organ health.
- Strong Muscles: Beets contain compounds that have been proven beneficial for things such as boosting energy and muscle growth and recovery.
My baby doesn’t seem to like beets. What do I do?
Keep trying! As with any other food, it could take several tries for a baby to get used to the taste of beets. Even if you personally don’t love beets, you should still continue to let your baby try them. Many parents who don’t like beets themselves will allow their baby to try beets once and assume their baby doesn’t like them and will never like them. However, beets are packed with nutrients, so it’s important to continue to let your baby try, regardless of your own personal thoughts on the vegetable.
My baby’s BMs become reddish in color and their pee becomes light pink after they eat beets. Should I be worried?
Don’t worry— this is completely normal! The red pigment found in beets can cause discoloration in BMs and urine. This can occur in babies, children and adults.
What are other ways for my baby to enjoy beets (aside from in their Yumi jar)?
Beets are delicious in many forms. Enjoy them in your Yumi jar, enjoy them roasted with a little bit of salt and pepper, eat them as a part of a beet salad, or in a grown up Borscht. Have other thoughts on ways to enjoy beets? Leave a comment below!