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Important Food Sources of Provitamin A

Provitamin A carotenoids have the advantage of being converted to vitamin A only when vitamin A is needed in the body, thus avoiding potential toxicity due to excesses.

Carotenoids are important dietary components because of their provitamin A activity as well as their possible roles in the prevention of degenerative diseases.

Surveys conducted in different countries show that in terms of provitamin A carotenoid content,  the most important sources are:

           Dark green leafy vegetables

           Red palm oil 

           Palm fruits


           Yellow-to-orange sweet potatoes 

           Mature squashes and pumpkins

           Yellow/orange tropical fruits like mango and papaya