Beta-Carotene - Glossary


A member of the carotenoid family of antioxidants with provitamin A activity.  The vitamin A activity of beta-carotene in food is approx. 1/12 that of retinol (pre-formed Vitamin A).  Beta-carotene is most abundant in orange/yellow vegetables and fruits, such as carrots, pumpkin and winter squash.

For more information, see the beta-carotene review in the Vitamins and Minerals section.

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