Move over Gatorade!

Move Over Gatorade—Here Comes Beet Juice

The humble beet, a vegetable better known for topping salads than for generating national headlines, has seemingly done the impossible. According to a recent article in The Wall Street Journal, it has grabbed the attention of several major football programs across the country as a go-to nutrient source. Most notably, Auburn’s football team has attributed its sharp rise in the college rankings to pre-game swigs of beet juice concentrate. The University of Texas football team has also jumped onto the beet juice bandwagon, along with the NFL’s Houston Texans. So how much scientific evidence is there to back football’s new obsession with beet juice?