According to some customs, beets are one of the many simanim for Rosh Hashanah. The Hebrew word for beet is selek סלק, which resembles the Hebrew word sileik (remove), so the beet represents the prayer that our sins and adversaries will be removed from our midst in the coming year.

1 cup of cooked beets contains 34% of the recommended daily value of folate, an essential vitamin that protects against birth defects and enables the body to produce DNA, RNA and metabolize amino acids

Betalain, the unique anti-oxidant abundant in beets, may help protects against certain cancers

Beets are an anti-inflammatory food and may help lessen the effects of chronic inflammatory conditions in the body

Betaine and choline found in beets have been found to play a role in balancing cholesterol and lowering blood pressure

Lutein and zeaxanthin, two anti-oxidants found in beets, play a strong role in protecting against eye diseases, such as macular degeneration and cataracts

Beets are known as natural blood cleansers and are great for detoxification

Beets cleanse the digestive tract and help naturally slow aging

To retain as much nutrition as possible, steam beets for 15 minutes or less