EN on Foods

April 2003 Issue

Sweet Beets for Flavor, Folate, Fiber

The Folklore: The modern beet plant is a descendant of a white beet native to the Mediterranean. In ancient times, however, only the green tops were eaten; the roots were used to treat toothaches, headaches and fight fever. Russian peasants and fine ladies alike reportedly used red beets as rouge to both attract suitors and keep insects away. The Facts: Beets are sweet, being related to sugar beets, a source of table sugar.

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