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February 2001 Issue

Eat More Fruits & Veggies For Enough Vitamin A

It takes twice as much broccoli, cantaloupe and carrots—and other carotenoid-rich fruits and vegetables—as previously thought to satisfy the body’s vitamin A requirement, says a panel of experts from the National Academy of Sciences. That’s because a recent review of the research reveals that the amount of carotenoids like beta-carotene needed to create a unit of retinol, the active form of vitamin A, is twice what scientists thought was needed. The amount of

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