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The root of Beta vulgaris var. esculenta, eaten cooked or pickled. Known simply as beet in North America. The violet-red pigment, betanin, is used as a food colour (E162). One small beetroot (40 g) is a good source of folate; provides 1.6 g of dietary fibre; supplies 18 kcal (75 kJ).

Subjects: Medicine and Health — Cookery, Food, and Drink.

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