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Beta-Carotene

Alternate Names

Precursor to Vitamin A

Description

Naturally occurring red-orange pigment in fruits and vegetables. Used as a food additive to color food and in the manufacturing of vitamin A. The body can convert it to vitamin A once ingested.

Beta-Carotene - Quick Stats
Names

Precursor to Vitamin A

Allergy Information

Uses

Coloring, Nutrient, Antioxidant

E-Number

E160e

Additional Information

The non-serious condition, Carotenemia, is caused from too much carotene in the blood and can cause skin to become yellow. The condition us cured when carotene is removed from diet.



Found In

margarine, shortening, beverages, cakes

Possible Health Effects

In high daily doses, potential increased risk of lung cancer for smokers.

Allergy Information

Unknown

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