Beets

Food - beetsDescription: Beets are a globe shaped fruit that can be deep red, golden or white in color.

Facts: Sugar is produced from one variety (Sugar Beets). The red color of the beet is used in food coloring and was used for early clothing dyes. They may be eaten raw or cooked.The tops may also be eaten.

Availability: July – October

Serving Size: ½ cup

Selection: Choose beets with firm, smooth skins and non-wilted leaves if still attached. As with many vegetables, the flesh of smaller beets is tenderer.

food - Nutrition Label beetStorage: Remove leaves, leaving about an inch of the stems. Use leaves as greens – raw or cooked. Store roots in a plastic bag in refrigerator for up to 3 weeks. Wash before cooking.

Nutrition Benefits: Fat free, saturated fat free, cholesterol free, low sodium, excellent source of folate.

Pigments: betacynins, betazanthins

Phytochemicals: betaine, farnesol, salicylic acid, saponins

ORAC Score: 840

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