Beet juice has gained popularity in recent years due to its associated health benefits.
This colorful juice is made by blending beets and water.
One cup (240 ml) of beet juice provides :
- Calories: 70
- Protein: 1 gram
- Carbs: 18 grams
- Fiber: 1 gram
- Sugar: 13 grams
It’s relatively low in sugar, as most vegetables are naturally lower in sugar than fruits.
What’s more, beets are a great source of betalains, which are pigments that give the vegetable its deep-red color. They act as potent antioxidants, potentially lowering your risk of heart disease, inflammation, and certain types of cancer.
Beet juice is also high in inorganic nitrates, which have been shown to increase athletic performance and decrease blood pressure and heart disease risk..
Still, keep in mind that the inorganic nitrate content of beet juice depends on the variety and growing conditions of the vegetable, as well as the processing method.
Since the nitrate content is not listed on most labels, it’s difficult to know to what extent drinking beet juice will provide nitrate-related benefits.