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Name: Darla
Status: educator
Grade: other
Location: KY
Country: N/A
Date: 4/2/2005

Why are beets red? Where does the red color come from? If I were to do a science experiment for my class, would it be possible to remove the red and make a beet a new color?

The pigments anthocyanins and betalins result in the red color of beets.

I'm not aware of a method to remove these pigments in a simple class experiment; however, instead, you might look at simple experiments to show the uptake of different color dyes by cut flowers such as carnations.

Anthony Brach Ph.D.

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