Beets, or beetroots, are the taproot portion of the beet plant. There are many cultivated varieties, like red beets, golden beats, table beet etc. Beetroot is used as a red food colorant in desserts, candies and a variety of other baked goods, soups and desserts, it's also used to make sauces. Don't be alarmed, red beetroot juice will make your stools and urine red for a day.