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Why Can Beetroot Turn Urine Red?

The Chemistry of Beetroot

05.07.2016

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Why Can Beetroot Turn Urine Red? – The Chemistry of Beetroot

The latest of the food science graphics looks at the chemistry of beetroot. An unusual effect of beetroot is that it can cause ‘beeturia’, or a red colouration to the urine, after ingestion. This is a condition that only affects an estimated 10-14% of the population, so what are the chemical compounds behind it, and why isn’t it a universal effect?

Topics
  • Rote Bete
  • Betacyanine
  • Betanin
  • Lebensmittelchemie
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