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Beta carotene is a fat-soluble compound that provides approximately 50 percent of the vitamin A needed in the typical American diet. This powerful antioxidant has numerous health benefits and may slow the progression of cataracts, protect the skin against sunburn and help prevent macular degeneration. The USDA recommends that adults should get between 700 and 900 mcg of vitamin A in their diet per day. It’s easy to determine which foods will help get this amount from their distinct orange or red hue. Malaysian red palm oil’s red color is a sure sign that it has a high concentration of beta carotene. It contains 15 times more beta carotene than carrots and 30 times more than tomatoes. Studies on beta carotene over the past decades have shown promising health benefits. Red palm oil consumption helps prevent vitamin A deficiencies in children and expectant mothers.

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