Beta-carotene is present in yellow and orange colored fruits and vegetables, and it is a precursor of vitamin A. It will get converted into vitamin A (retinal) in the body. Vitamin A is required for good vision, strong immune system and for healthy skin. Beta-carotene is an anti-oxidant and it protects the body from free radicals which damage cells.
Dietary sources of Beta-carotene:
|Nutrient||Foods||Nutrient Content for 100g Edible Portion|
||Drumstick leaves (Moringa oleifera)||17542 µg|
|Agathi leaves (Sesbania grandiflora)||12582 µg|
|Fenugreek leaves (Trigonella foenum graecum)||9245 µg||Amaranth leaves, green,red,red and green (Amaranthus gangeticus)||8491 µg|
|Carrot, orange (Dacus carota)||5423 µg|
|Sweet potato, brown skin (Ipomoes batatas)||5376 µg|
|Mint leaves (Mentha spicata )||4602 µg|
|Dates (Phoenix dactylifera)||2781 µg|
|Chillies, red (Capsicum annum)||1542 µg|
|Tomato, ripe (Lycopersicon esculentum)||1513 µg|
|Mango, ripe (Mangifera indica)||1291 µg|
|Papaya, ripe (Carcia papaya)||694 µg|
Nutritive Value of Indian Foods-2012 & Indian Food Compositon Tables-2017, ICMR-National Institute of Nutrition,Hyderabad.