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What are Carotenoids?

WHAT ARE CAROTENOIDS? Vegetables Rich in Carotenoids Carotenoids are plant pigments responsible for bright red, yellow and orange hues in many fruits and vegetables. These pigments play an important role in plant health. People who eat foods containing carotenoids get protective health benefits as well.Carotenoids are a class of phytonutrients ("plant chemicals") and are found in the cells of a wide variety of plants, algae, and bacteria. They help plants absorb light energy for use in photosynthesis. They also have an important antioxidant function of deactivating free radicals — single oxygen atoms that can damage cells by reacting with other molecules, according to the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University.Carotenoids also act as antioxidants in the human body. They have...

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