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What is Beta-Carotene? What Are The Benefits of Beta-Carotene?

Beta-carotene is a red-orange pigment found in plants and fruits, especially carrots and colorful vegetables. The name beta-carotene comes from the Greek “beta” and Latin “carota” (carrot). It is the yellow/orange pigment that gives vegetables and fruits their rich colors. H. Wachenroder crystallized beta-carotene from carrot roots in 1831, and came up with the name “carotene”. Beta-carotene’s chemical formula –

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Carrots: Health Benefits, Nutritional Information

Carrots are often thought of as the ultimate health food. You were probably told to “eat your carrots” by your parents and you probably tell your kids the same thing, and when asked why, you explain, “Because they’re good for you!” But how did the carrot get such a good reputation and why exactly are the root vegetables so good

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Food as Medicine: Tomato (Solanum Lycopersicum, Solanaceae)

History and Traditional Use Range and Habitat Tomato (Solanum Lycopersicum, Solanaceae) is, botanically, a fruit. Nevertheless, in the 1893 Nix v. Hedden decision, the United States Supreme Court classified tomatoes as a vegetable, which created an economic advantage for US producers, because taxes were levied on vegetables, but not fruits, imported into the US.1 The Supreme Court decided that “in

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Antioxidants: Health Benefits and Nutritional Information

Antioxidants are natural molecules found in certain foods that help neutralize free radicals in our bodies. Free radicals are byproducts of metabolism and our environment. Internal factors such as inflammation and external factors such as pollution, UV exposure, and cigarette smoke can increase free radical production. Free radicals can damage cells all over the body and cause oxidative stress. Oxidative

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