Cleaning Up With Beets

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2013-03-13 22:07:03 -0500
Started 2013-03-06 19:54:58 -0600

I received an interesting newsletter today from "The Healing Gourmet" that talked about the great properties of beets. I was thrilled. I love beets, but since being diagnosed, I tend to stay away from them. But the article shared about how beets are of the family of foods that have an enzyme that helps clean the liver.

"As your liver breaks down and eliminates harmful compounds, dangerous free radicals are formed as a byproduct. Glutathione enzymes are there to neutralize these compounds. However, these enzymes can become depleted. That's why it's critical to consume glutathione-boosting foods - and beets are one of the best."

Of course you want to watch your glucose levels and beets can be a no-no for some. But with all the drugs we tend to take, this liver cleanser just seems to fit the bill.

"Harmful compounds can enter your body through diet, alcohol consumption, pharmaceutical drugs, and the application of chemical substances on the skin. In today's world, your liver has a big job to do in neutralizing these damaging substances.

But the great news is that certain foods can make the load on your liver lighter. And earthy, crimson-hued beets are one of the most powerful liver-protecting foods you can eat."

So I had beets for dinner tonight!

30 replies

rickster912 2013-03-11 13:24:00 -0500 Report

Jaybee I agree with you. Too much of anything is bad for you. Not including sex lol. Anyway I had too much potassium as well from drinking a lot of coconut water and juicing beets. I've calmed down to twice a week now and my body has been so much responsive.

rickster912 2013-03-11 13:05:53 -0500 Report

Beets are also excellent for your kidneys but kidneys need some bacteria too function so having too beets are not good for you as well. juicing beets are the best way to gain the best benefits. Also if you never have juiced or eaten beets, don't be afraid when your stool turns red. It's just the BEETS! Not the headphones! Lol

jayabee52 2013-03-11 13:16:11 -0500 Report

Actually Rick, take it from some who is currently on Dialysis. Beets have high potassium and because of the functioning of the Kidneys too much potassium can have damaging effects upon a Kidney patient. Too much potassium can lead to one's heart turning to bone (calcification) and one's bones turning into sponges (the way my Registered Dietician in the clinic explained it)

So I by and large avoid beets or other high potassium foods for that reason.


ddamed 2013-03-10 19:42:52 -0500 Report

Thx Gabby! I stayed away from beets for the same reason & loved them- but giess what I am going to have w/ dinner 2morrow?

Tony5657 2013-03-10 14:59:19 -0500 Report

Pickled beets are my favorite way of eating them. As a very young boy, I ate almost 2 pint jars of Grandma's pickled beets and later on when I urinated, my urine was RED! Mom & Dad thought I was bleeding internally. When I confessed to my pickled beet thievery, we 3 had a good laugh.

Tony5657 in New Braunfels, TX

GabbyPA 2013-03-11 20:15:01 -0500 Report

LOL, that is the way it goes. I made some last year, but put an egg in with them when I canned them then read that is not safe, so I threw them all away. So this year, I will can some more pickled beets without the egg. Those I will save for the refrigerator. We do pickled beets, onions and eggs in the same bowl. Oh so yummy on salads and nothing is as pretty as a picked egg in beet juice.

Lentyl 2013-03-10 15:33:08 -0500 Report

Too funny!

Tony5657 2013-03-10 15:48:54 -0500 Report

Way before my pickled beet episode, when I was in diapers and Mom & Dad were painting our house with oil base paint I had a great idea. I slipped my diapers off and was fascinated by an unguarded, open can of paint & brush. By the time Mom & Dad saw me, I had painted my entire front side with the white oil base paint! I still remember that bath in turpentine to remove the paint - it really burned some of my body parts!!!!! LOL

What does this have to do with beets or diabetes? Absolutely nothing, nada, zipola. I just thought it might bring a chuckle to some of you AND don't leave open cans of paint anywhere around a curious lil' kid.

Tony5657 unpainted in New Braunfels, TX

Lentyl 2013-03-10 17:21:59 -0500 Report

Chuckle - it has nothing to do with beets - rien du tout!!! My parents built their first house. Before the bathroom was finished there was a small facility under the bed. At the age of six months, while crawling around on the floor I found it, turned it over and had a grand time splashing all over the floor. Feel better now, James? :D

Lentyl 2013-03-10 17:45:02 -0500 Report

I have lots of little stories like that but they have nothing to do with diabetes or even beets for that matter. I don't want to get kicked off here for being off topic because I think that this is a terrific place.

When I was 18 months my mother decided to take a picture of me. She handed me a tulip while she turned around to get the camera. When she turned around I had eaten the tulip and the picture shows me and the tulip stem and a big grin on my face.

Lauri47 2013-03-10 11:07:50 -0500 Report

I borrowed a juicer and used it a couple of times. bought fresh beets and juiced them. quite good as beet juice. didn't care much for the celery I added though.
fresh beets better than canned.

jayabee52 2013-03-07 22:50:22 -0600 Report

I enjoy beets as well, but now I have learned I must restrict my consumption of then as they are quite high in potassium. I do indulge every now and again.

Turtle 2013-03-06 20:09:12 -0600 Report

Thanks for sharing. I hate beets but maybe with this new information, I can find a way to fix them and eat them now and then. Maybe cooked in olive oil???

jayabee52 2013-03-10 12:20:35 -0500 Report

have you tried them Pickled? I really love them that way!

Lentyl 2013-03-10 13:35:13 -0500 Report

A delicious way to eat beets. I think that it's time to make a batch of pickled beets. I'll even eat them right out of the can not even heated. YUM! I hated them as a child because I kept saying that they tasted like a mouthful of dirt.

Lentyl 2013-03-11 12:57:30 -0500 Report

OK - I'll look for the recipe and post it. Can't see too well right now because I had a visit to the eye clinic. Everything's okay.

jayabee52 2013-03-10 15:54:00 -0500 Report

I will admit that sometimes the undertone of the taste is a little bit "earthy"to me, but not enough to turn me off. The pickling takes that earthiness away.