While you rarely see them in the supermarket and most of us usually lop them off and discard them, beet leaves have more antioxidants than their roots – plus lots of good fiber, folate, and potassium. Eat both together, steamed, microwaved, or roasted to get the most nutrients, although we like them juiced as well. Always choose darker beet roots (when in doubt, go red). Note: White beets don't have lutein, betalins, or the nitrates, which are good for muscle recovery, that the dark ones do.
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