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What Is beta-Carotene & What Foods Can I Find It In?

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beta-Carotene is an important nutrient and antioxidant.

It's classified as a provitamin A.

Provitamin A is one of two forms of vitamin A in our diets.

By far the most important provitamin A carotenoid is beta-carotene.

The body can convert beta-carotene into vitamin A, which is an essential nutrient.


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beta-Carotene Is An Important Carotenoid

beta-Carotene is sometimes called provitamin A.

It is the most prominent member of the group of carotenoids.

Carotenoids are the largest of the vitamin A subclasses. (source )

beta-Carotene can be converted to vitamin A by enzymes in the intestinal wall and liver. (source )

The bioavailability of provitamin A is lower than once believed. So it is difficult to fulfill the daily requirements through plant foods alone.

beta-Carotene In Food

beta-Carotene is a natural colorant and an important antioxidant that occurs in many foods. (source )

It can be found in yellow, orange, and green leafy vegetables and fruits.

Foods You Can Find beta-Carotene In

You find beta-Carotene mostly in vegetable, spices and herb, and snack products.

Examples of food sources include

  • Sweet Red Peppers
  • Carrot
  • Paprika
  • Pepper
  • Grape Leaves
  • Chili Powder
  • Hot Chile Peppers

Foods That Contain beta-Carotene In Our Nutrition Tool

You can find regularly updated top ranked lists of foods for over 200+ nutrients in our nutrition tool.

If you are interested in what foods contain the most beta-Carotene we recommend you visit our tool.

Here's our top ranked list of foods that contain beta-Carotene.

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co-founder Care Omnia, Head Content Creator




Sara
Niemelä

I’m a wife and a mother of three. I enjoy the outdoors, cooking, and spending time with my family.

Nutrition is my passion. I've spent thousands upon thousands of hours reading, analyzing, categorizing and comparing research studies.