Beet - A Burst of Vibrant Color and a Boost to Health
Beet (Beta vulgaris), also known as beetroot, table beet, garden beet, sugar beet and golden beet, is the taproot of a beet plant. The most common beet has a colorful root that adds a rich red to purple hue and a sweet, earthy flavor to food and drinks. Beet root's nutritional profile is equally rich. It is an excellent source of betalains, especially betacyanins, which are responsible for the color of red beets. They are a rich source of dietary nitrates as well as containing many other nutrients that support good health. Made up of 88% water when raw, beets are relatively low in calories yet high in fiber, vitamins, minerals and health-boosting phytonutrients.
Read on and find out why it is wise to add this vibrantly colored vegetable to your diet...
Beets belong to the same botanical family as spinach and chard. There are different beet varieties, each with their own distinct flavor, color and nutritional profile. There are white, golden yellow, red and white striped variants, and the most common deep reddish purple variety. Beets have a sweet, earthy flavor and can be eaten fresh, boiled, steamed, roasted, pickled or juiced.
This highly nutritious vegetable is native to the Mediterranean region where it was consumed more for its bitter-tasting leaves than its roots during ancient times. At that time, the root was mainly used for dyes and by physicians and naturalists for their health benefits.
Nutrients and Benefits
Nutrients & Benefits Red beet roots are a good source of many health-promoting compounds. They are rich in phytonutrients, macronutrients and essential vitamins and minerals, containing:
- Dietary nitrates
- Betalains (mostly betacyanins)
- Phenolic acids
- Amino acids
- Soluble and insoluble fiber
- Vitamin C and B-complex vitamins, including folate
- Potassium, iron, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, calcium, copper, boron and other minerals
NP Nutra®️ offers two premium quality organic beet root powders.
Beet Root Juice Powder (organic), a soluble purple to red powder, is certified Organic, Kosher and Food grade and produced in an SQF certified facility.
Beet Root Powder (organic), a mostly-soluble purple to red powder, is certified Organic, Kosher and Food grade and produced in a Global G.A.P. / IFS certified facility.
These powders will add color and many beneficial nutrients to your functional foods and beverages, and can likewise be added to nutritional supplements and pet foods.
Contact us for a free sample and further product information.