What Is Phytoene?

Phytoene is a member of the non-provitamin A carotenoid group.

It has some unique characteristics.

Phytoene is one of the few colorless carotenoids.

Phytoene has several beneficial effects on human health because it works as an antioxidant.

Phytoene Is A Colorless Carotenoid

Phytoene is a carotenoid. Carotenoids are widespread in nature and are typically giving fruits and flowers their color. (source )

This is not the case for phytoene, because it’s among the few colorless carotenoids. It is considered to be the precursors of colored carotenoids. (source )

Phytoene Can Be Important For Health

Dietary carotenoids are important compounds in food science, nutrition, and health. (source )

Compared to other carotenoids, phytoene has not been widely studied. But it has been shown that they may provide good health benefits. (source )

Phytoene is an important precursor to vitamin A, which is involved in various physiological processes, including the growth and development of embryos, immunity, and vision.

You can find out about some research-backed health benefits that can some from phytoene in Phytoene: 3 Research-Backed Benefits .

Phytoene In Food

Phytoene is found in plants.

In many plants, including the fruit of the tomato plant, it is made in a special part of the cell known as the plastids.

It is an important part of the process of photosynthesis, the process that plants use to make food.

Good sources of phytoene are, for instance, tomatoes, carrots, apricots, oranges, watermelons, and peppers. (source )

Phytoene is also found in some algae and also in tobacco.

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