beta-carotene :

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  • n  an isomer of carotene that is found in dark green and dark yellow fruits and vegetables

  • For while rice, like other green plants, contains light-trapping beta-carotene in its external tissues, it does not produce beta-carotene in its endosperm (the starchy interior .
  • Studies in the 1980s showed that people who consume a lot of beta-carotene-rich foods have a marked decrease in their risk of cancer.
  • Broccoli is a rich source of beta-carotene, fiber and vitamin C (1 cup contains more C than an orange).

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