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|Food Name||Calories||Beta Carotene
|Cheese, cottage, nonfat, uncreamed, dry, large or small curd||72||0
|Sour dressing, non-butterfat, cultured, filled cream-type||178||0
|Milk, filled, fluid, with lauric acid oil||63||0
|Dessert topping, powdered||577||0
|Sour cream, imitation, cultured||208||0
|Milk, nonfat, fluid, with added vitamin A and vitamin D (fat free or skim)||34||0
|Milk, nonfat, fluid, with added nonfat milk solids, vitamin A and vitamin D (fat free or skim)||37||0
|Milk, canned, evaporated, nonfat, with added vitamin A and vitamin D||78||0
|Whey, acid, fluid||24||0
|Yogurt, plain, skim milk, 13 grams protein per 8 ounce||56||0
|Egg, whole, raw, fresh||143||0
|Egg, white, raw, fresh||52||0
|Egg, yolk, raw, frozen, sugared, pasteurized||307||0
|Egg, whole, cooked, poached||143||0
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Beta-carotene is a pigment in plants that give them their color. In the body, beta-carotene is changed to vitamin A.
Side Effects of Beta-Carotene
There is no RDA for beta-carotene.
Eating foods with beta-carotene together with other antioxidants does seem to protect against some kinds of cancer. However, beta-carotene supplements may increase the risk of heart disease and cancer in people who drink or smoke heavily.
Side effects of beta-carotene include: skin discoloration, loose stools, bruising and joint pain.
The most common side effect of excessive β-carotene consumption is carotenodermia, a condition that presents as a conspicuous orange skin tint arising from deposition of the carotenoid in the outermost layer of the epidermis.
Chronic, high doses of synthetic β-carotene supplements have been associated with a higher rate of lung cancer in smokers. Additionally, supplemental β-carotene may increase the risk of prostate cancer, intracerebral hemorrhage, and cardiovascular and total mortality in people who smoke cigarettes or have a history of high-level exposure to asbestos.
Beta-carotene supplements can also interact with statins, cholestyramine, orlistat.
Beta-Carotene and cancer
Chronic high doses of β-carotene supplementation increases the probability of lung cancer in cigarette smokers.
β-Carotene is used to help prevent breast cancer although there are currently no findings to support that diets high in β-carotene are associated with lower breast cancer risk.
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