Betalains: Pigments that pack a punch
What makes beets such gems? They get their jewel-like hue from betalains, a type of natural plant pigment that provides a health boost. Betalains contain:
Betalains are just the tip of the iceberg. Beets have some other things going for them, too:
Beet bounty: A rainbow of benefits
How to eat beets
Now you know why beets reign supreme. So how can you add them to your diet?
Do beets have a downside?
Before you start beet-loading, a word of caution: Beets are rich in oxalates, which can contribute to kidney stones. If you have kidney stones, it’s best to enjoy beetroots and beet greens in moderation, Skoda says.