α, β, γ, δ, ε, do you want to talk about math today? Don't get me wrong, these Greek letters are not only used in mathematics, they are also the "noble sons" of the carotene family. The one introduced today is an absolute heavyweight. It is the famous β-carotene.
Called carotene, is it related to carrots? ! Well, it really is. When chemists analyzed a chemical from the orange-red pigment of carrots, they named it carotene. And β-carotene is the most common and stable natural pigment in nature. It is widely hidden in many natural foods, such as sweet potato, carrot, spinach, papaya, mango, etc. Do carrots contain the highest beta-carotene? Not really!
Beta-carotene content list
The richest sources of β-carotene are leafy green vegetables and yellow and orange fruits. The more intense the color of the fruit or vegetable, the more rich in β-carotene.
Beta-carotene is a treasure
β-carotene is an indispensable nutrient for maintaining human health. It can be converted into vitamin A and is currently the safest vitamin A supplement product. It can also maintain the health of eyes and skin, improve skin roughness, and prevent a variety of degenerative diseases caused by aging.
Therefore, people who use computers for a long time, people with respiratory system infections, and people with impaired vision can eat more foods rich in β-carotene.
Although β-carotene is good, don’t be gluttonous
β-carotene and vitamin a are fat-soluble substances, which can be fried in oil or stewed with meat before eating, which is more conducive to absorption
However, do not over-eat β-carotene. If you take in large amounts, it will change the skin pigmentation and turn it into orange-yellow. In addition, eating wine and carrots will cause a large amount of carotene and alcohol to enter the body together, and produce toxins in the liver, leading to liver disease. All this needs attention.