Top 10 Foods Highest in Alpha-Carotene

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Top 10 Foods Highest in Alpha-Carotene

Alpha-Carotene is a precursor to creating vitamin A in the body.

Like beta-carotene, alpha-carotene is fat-soluble and therefore needs to be consumed with fat to be absorbed. (1)

For every 24mcg of alpha-carotene you consume, you create 1mcg of vitamin A retinol activity equivalents (RAE). (2) The daily value (%DV) for vitamin A is 900mcg of retinol activity equivalents (RAEs). (3)

We calculate the daily intake target of alpha-carotene to be 24 times the daily value (DV) for vitamin A, which comes to 21600mcg of alpha-carotene per day.

You do not have to worry about meeting the RDA for alpha-carotene as beta-carotene, and vitamin A both contribute to the RDA. The calculated RDA is a guide for comparing foods.

Foods high in alpha-carotene include orange vegetables like pumpkin, carrots, and winter squash. Other alpha-carotene food sources include tangerines, tomatoes, collards, napa cabbage, sweet potatoes, avocados, and bananas.

Below are the top 10 foods highest in alpha-carotene, for more, see the nutrient ranking of foods high in alpha-carotene.

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Data Sources and References

  1. Roodenburg AJ, Leenen R, van het Hof KH, Weststrate JA, Tijburg LB. Bioavailability of beta-carotene in humans Am J Clin Nutr. 2000 May;71(5):1187-93. doi: 10.1093/ajcn/71.5.1187. 10799382
  2. Office of dietary supplements - Vitamin A and Carotenoids
  3. U.S.FDA - Daily Value on the New Nutrition and Supplement Facts Labels
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