Beets are an often overlooked food. Passed by on salad bars and shunned in the produce section in favor of a vegetable easier and tastier, such as sweet corn or green beans. If you have a problem with cholesterol, you may want to consider adding beets to your diet. Beets can not only keep cholesterol levels down, even when eating a fatty diet, but they can raise good (HDL) cholesterol levels, which also work to lower bad (LDL) levels, according to a study published in the Winter 2008 issue of "Nutrition Research and Practice." Add beets to your diet at least two times per week.