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What Is beta-Carotene?

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, but in high doses can be toxic.

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 đź——)

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

beta-Carotene In Food

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

It can be found in yellow, orange, and green leafy vegetables and fruits. Predominantly found in carrots, mango, maize, lentils, dark green leaves, amaranth, and spinach. (source đź——)

If you are interested in a list of foods where you can find this nutrient. Go to our nutrition tool and check out beta-carotene.

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