Do Beets Have Quercetin? (EXPLAINED)

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Do beets have Quercetin?

The Romans first domesticated Beets in the 1st century BC, and Aristotle even mentioned their wild form in his writings on natural remedies. Today, beets are grown for many reasons, including fodder for animals and, of course, as a root vegetable. With their long history of medicinal use, we want to answer: do beets have quercetin?

Quick Answer: Yes – Beets do contain quercetin. Compared to other similar foods, their quercetin content is low.

Quercetin Content of Beets

Beets supply 0.13mg of quercetin per 100-gram serving, but they are rich in Betaine and betalain.

Are Beets High in Quercetin?

Compared to other foods, Beets are pretty low in quercetin.

Let’s take a look at how they compare to 5 similar foods.

  • Another popular root vegetable, radishes, contains no quercetin.
  • Carrots are slightly higher in quercetin than beets providing 0.21mg/100g.
  • Parsnips offer 7.6 times the quercetin found in beets.
  • Turnips have no quercetin content.
  • Sweet potatoes have much less quercetin than beets, only supplying 0.01mg/100g.

Sources: 

USDA Database for the Flavonoid Content of Selected Foods: https://www.ars.usda.gov/arsuserfiles/80400525/data/flav/flav_r03.pdf 

Hill, G.; Langer, R. H. M. (1991). Agricultural plants. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. pp. 197–199.

Curious about the top sources of quercetin? We've created this chart of the top 25 quercetin containing sources per 100 grams: [table id=141 /]

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