Anjani 蜂鸟健康TheHummingBird 2020-02-26原文
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Health Trap (10 ) - Beets
The concept that beets are what the liver needs has been swimming out there for a long time. they’re considered a liver-healing, blood-building food. Are beets really good for us? Yes, they’re a powerful food indeed, and they do help the liver cleanse and heal a little bit – if they are organic and guaranteed to be non-GMO, which is hard to find these days what with cross pollination. GMO contamination has made crops like corn problematic, and the same thing has happened with beets that are grown for sugar, canning, and industrial dyes. Cross-pollination is becoming such a problem that even many organic beets grown for fresh eating can be tainted at seed. That’s not the greatest reason to stop eating beets for your health though. The greatest reason is that you can do much better. For example, red pitaya, also called dragon fruit, which you can find in smoothie packs in the frozen food aisle of grocery store or in pure powdered form, is much more liver-healing and blood-building than beets can ever be. After al, if you’re going out of your way to grow or eat something for a specific reason, wouldn’t you want to know what’s really the best? Wild blueberries are far more cleansing for the liver than beets, as are asparagus and Brussels sprouts. Even apples have beets beat by a landslide.
You don’t have to stop eating beets if you like them. Just know you’re not eating them for your liver. What organic, non-GMO beets offer are a variety of trace minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, and other phytochemicals, as well as valuable glucose that can be helpful for providing overall energy and healing throughout the whole body. (do beware of GMO beets; they are destructive).
At the same time, you’ve got to be aware of something. All normal cars have four wheels and an engine, and they can at least drive. Still do you pick any old car? Or do you choose a car with fewer miles, better brakes, working air bags and the modern conveniences we’ve come to expect? With the state of cars today, would you buy one that didn’t have air conditioning and power windows? Not unless it were the only car available to you, or you were a vintage car collector – and the beet is not the equivalent of a classic. That ultimate classic beauty would be an apple. So if what you’re after is liver healing, why not choose the miraculous apple, whose pectin outweighs beets benefits? And if you’re after an enhanced model – fi you eat beets for the value of their rich coloring – why not go for the turbocharged pigments of red pitaya or wild blueberries? That beets are red and your blood is red and your liver is reddish – that’s not a reason all on its own to eat beets for your liver. The miraculous, undiscovered antioxidants, in pitaya and wild blueberries win. So do the blood- lymph- and liver-purifying properties of asparagus and Brussels sprouts; for true liver cleansing, nothing can touch them. If you enjoy eating beets that you grow in your garden, don’t stop. There are healing benefits to growing beets, plucking them out of the ground, knocking the dirt off, prepping the roots and the greens, and eating them, there’s something inherently majestic about it even.
With a greater sense of where beets stand in the grand scheme of healing foods, now you’re fully informed, just as I’m sure you like to be fully informed when you’re on the car lot, picking out a car. Ultimately, its up to you. You only have so many meals left in this life. It’s your choice what goes into them.