Beta-Carotene

Beta-carotene is the antioxidant that gives fruits and vegetables their reddish-orange color. When Heinrich Wilhelm Ferdinand Wackenroder first discovered the structure, he found it crystallized at the root of a carrot. Hence the name “carotene” was born. The body converts beta-carotene into Vitamin A.

A fat-soluble nutrient, Vitamin A will remain in the body rather than flushing out via urine. In excess, this nutrient is harmful to the body and toxic. Deficiency of Vitamin A causes poor eye health, premature aging, and a weak immune system. Although, supplements are available to prevent any deficiencies; always speak to your doctor before starting a new supplement.

In addition to carrots, there are plenty of fruits, vegetables, and nuts that contain beta-carotene. Nevertheless, carrots are the most well-known vegetable associated with beta-carotene. Specifically, here is a short list of the fruits, vegetables, and nuts rich in Vitamin A.

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  • Sweet potatoes
  • Dark leafy greens like kale or mustard greens
  • Lettuce
  • Cabbage
  • Broccoli
  • Peas
  • Squash
  • Cantaloupe melons
  • Dried fruits
  • Mangos
  • Onions
  • Oranges
  • Papayas

Add these tasty fruits and vegetables to your grocery list to reap these amazing health benefits.