Just how much beet juice are you seeing in the toilet bowl? 

Are you one of those individuals, like me, who swears that you’ve emptied into the toilet bowl just about all the beet juice that you drank?

I’d hate to think this is what actually happens, being that the only reason I drink this blazing crimson beverage is for the powerful antioxidants.

“The red color in the urine or stool is from a chemical called betanin, which accounts for less than 1% of the beet juice solids,” says Jonathan Zinberg, MD, chief of gastroenterology at South Nassau Communities Hospital, Oceanside, NY.

“This occurs in a small percent of the population (10 to 14%).  The other nutrients are likely absorbed just as well in those people as in the rest of the population.”

Thank goodness!  Now I know that I’m not passing most of the beet juice’s nutrients when I have a bowel movement.

Jonathan Zinberg, MD

Lorra Garrick has been covering medical, fitness and cybersecurity topics for many years, having written thousands of articles for print magazines and websites, including as a ghostwriter. She’s also a former ACE-certified personal trainer. 

 

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