Beet Kvass: A Fermented Drink


Beet kvass is a fermented, Ukranian drink that gives us not only probiotics and digestive enzymes, but is a key aid in detoxifying the body.

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Photo by Celeste Longacre

Fermenting anything heightens its nutritional value and adds beneficial microorganisms that are loved by our gut biome. And beets, as it turns out, are powerhouses of nutrition.

Beets have been known to fight inflammation, boost stamina, prevent cataracts, help indigestion, improve blood circulation, aid gall bladder complaints and help to prevent macular degeneration. They also defend against free radicals, help to prevent blood clots, minimize arthritis, bronchitis, diabetes and chronic pain as well as increase the body's oxygen uptake. It has even been suggested that beets are anti-cancer. They are particularly useful in the excretion of toxins

Beets contain substances that aid in the body's Phase 2 detoxification process. This is the step that our bodies use to bind unwanted toxic substances with particular nutrient groups. This process takes the toxins and makes them water-soluable which allows them to be excreted in the urine.

Beets are also high in vitamin C, iron, manganese, copper, magnesium, potassium, flavonoids and phosphorus. Some say that their phytonutrients have the particular job of destroying disease processes.

Beets were originally grown for their greens. One of the first mentions of their use is found in Assyrian texts written around 800 BC where they were reported to be part of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. It wasn't until the 1500s that they began being grown for their root. In 1747, Germans Andreas Sigismund Marggraf along with his student, Franz Achard, developed a way to extract sugar from beets. This became important when Napoleon Bonaparte got cut off from imports by the British blockade and announced an embargo on their products. The production in the United States took off after we placed an embargo on Cuba — our major sugar producer.

Ignacio from Spain
4/10/2021 12:04:03 AM

Amazing! Can we do it without whey? Did you include it for its "fermenting" power, or for other reasons like being high in protein? Thanks for all you do! - Ignacio, from Spain

6/29/2018 12:21:05 AM

Can I use the watery part of plain greek yogurt (after it separates)? Isn't that whey?

1/2/2018 10:38:08 AM

I got the impression that the beets are not used after the liquid is removed. I would have thought that they would be still consumable and tasty.

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