EN on Foods
October 2010 Issue
When it Comes to Nutrition, the Beet Goes On
Commonly known as beetroot, table beet or blood turnip, the beet (beta vulgaris) is in the same family as Swiss chard. Though mostly reddish purple, beets come in white, golden and even candy-striped colors. Betacyanin, the powerful antioxidant that lends beets their deep hue, has cancer-protective effects. A good source of folate, dietary fiber, potassium, manganese and vitamin C, beets are plump with important nutrients. Though they have a sweet taste due to their high natural sugar content, beets only contain 74 calories per cup.
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