Beet root juice powder
Beets, the root of the plant Beta vulgaris, have been consumed since medieval times in Europe. Today, beets are mainly cultivated in the U.S. and Europe 1. The deep purple-red color of beets is due to the presence of pigments known as betacyanins, which can be used as natural red food colorants. Betacyanins also possess antioxidant activities 2.
This ingredient can be found in the following products in United States:
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- Esatbeyoglu T, Wagner AE, Schini-Kerth VB, Rimbach G. Betanin--a food colorant with biological activity. Mol Nutr Food Res 2015;59:36-47.