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
A healthy diet is a colorful diet. Different plant colors mean different plant nutrients. “Try to eat something from every color of the rainbow each day,” Skoda says.
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.