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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?


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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beet

"It is, in fact, due to a purple pigment

betacyanin and a yellow pigment

betaxanthin known collectively as betalins.

Other breeds of beetroot which are not the usual deep red, such as 'Burpee's Golden' and 'Albina Vereduna', have a greater or lesser distribution of the two betalin pigments."

Anthony Brach Ph.D.



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