Beta carotene is an antioxidant. Some studies have shown that adequate intake of beta carotene from the daily diet may reduce the risk of developing two chronic diseases and prevent cancer. Beta carotene has a slight and continuous sweating effect, which can stimulate the metabolism of the skin and increase blood circulation, thereby making the skin tender and smooth, and the complexion ruddy, which has a unique effect on beauty and skin health. At the same time, carrots are also suitable for people who have dry, rough skin, or who suffer from lichen hair, blackheads, and keratotic eczema. Common side effects of beta carotene: skin fading, loose stools, bruising, joint pain, etc.
Uses of beta carotene
Mainly used in food, health products and medicines.
Edible orange pigment; nutrition enhancer. Mainly used in margarine, noodles, cakes, beverages and health foods.
As a nutritional fortifier and food coloring agent. Our country stipulates that it can be used for all kinds of food, and should be used in appropriate amount according to production needs.
As a feed vitamin nutrient enhancer and coloring agent.
Nutritional supplements and pigments. According to the "Sanitary Standards for the Use of Food Nutrition Enhancers (1993)" promulgated by the Ministry of Health, it can be used for cream and puffed foods, with a maximum use amount of 0.2g/kg. The physiological effect of 0.6μg of this product is equivalent to 1 international unit (I·U·) of vitamin A. Now it is widely used as yellow pigment instead of oil-soluble tar pigment, such as used in cream, cheese, mayonnaise, etc. that originally contained carotene, and widely used in other edible fats, margarine, shortening, cakes, bread, etc. When used in oily foods, it is often dissolved in edible oils such as cottonseed oil or suspended preparations (content 30%). Even after being diluted, it can prevent β-carotene from oxidation. Generally, antioxidants such as α-tocopherol, stearoyl ascorbate, and BHA are added. It is used as a pigment in a small amount, such as 1.37mg/kg for margarine. It can be used in combination with vitamin C in fruit juice to improve stability.