Betanin is a red pigment present in beets, Swiss chard, amaranth leaves, and other plants. It is used as the food dye beetroot red. See: beetroot red.

Health considerations

Betanin is an antioxidant that may protect cholesterol from oxidative stress.

Keep in mind

Betanin can cause urine to appear pink or red.

May be found in

Beets, Swiss chard, amaranth greens, cactus pear fruit, beetroot red


The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

Alternative Spellings and Names

Beetroot red

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