I do not know if it’s an urban legend, but the word on the street is that most centenarians in Russia owe their longevity to the traditional borscht enriched with high amounts of fresh beet juice. This colorful vegetable is known for its powerful nutrients compound, which helps the organism to fight off pre-cancer conditions, birth defects and heart disease. The recent studies suggest that beet should be consumed on a daily basis, and it is best if we consume it raw, or slightly cooked. So, next time when you consider boiling, steaming or roasting the beet, reduce its cooking time in half and preserve all of its rich nutrients. Cooking beets is easy, and all you need is a large cut board, sharp knife and a steamer.
Preserve all the healthy nutrients
If you are wondering which way of preparing beets is the healthiest, let me tell you the answer right away: none. All of the cooking procedures reduce its nutritional value by 50%, so it is better to consume it raw. However if you find the taste to be little too strong for you, steaming the beets may be the best choice for you. You will simply put the beets in the steamer basket and add two inches of water into the pot. After the water starts to boil, put the lid on the steamer and wait for about twenty minutes. Most restaurants chefs are letting the beets steam for 40 to 50 minutes, and this may really turn the beets into tender and soft vegetables, but this kills almost 80 percent of its betacyanins. So, even though the vegetable may not be tender on touch, remove the beets from the steamer after 20 minutes. This will turn them into both tasty and healthy meal, and if you drizzle just a little olive oil on top of them and combine them with carrot and peas, and a little salmon meat, you may have made a mixture of the healthiest meal ever.