Beets have had quite the journey leading up to now. Back when they were first cultivated along the coastlines of North Africa, Asia, and Europe, people actually only consumed the leaves of the plant. When the deeply-hued vegetable was finally used in its entirety, during the Ancient Roman era, it was the sweetness of beets that gained popularity, not anything having to do with its impressive list of health benefits. And so, the crimson vegetables were primarily used as a source of sugar.
Oh, how times have changed. Nowadays, beets are used for much more than sugar and are celebrated for all of the nutritional benefits they have. Specifically, beets and their naturally-occurring nitrates lower blood pressure safely, boost stamina, and are rich in valuable nutrients like vitamin C, potassium, manganese, and high in fiber. With figures like these, it’s no surprise that beets are popping up on ingredient lists on all sorts of products. From crunchy chips to delicious relish and drinking vinegar, you can find beets all over the supermarket. Here are 15 beet-infused products we think you should check out!