Scientists advise double quantities of fruit and veg

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Dark-coloured fruits and vegetables rich in carotene provide less
than half as much vitamin A as previously thought, according to a
study published on...

Dark-coloured fruits and vegetables rich in carotene provide less than half as much vitamin A as previously thought, according to a study published on Tuesday. Orange, red, green or dark yellow fruits and vegetables "are still good sources of vitamin A, but new evidence shows that it takes twice as much of them to yield the same amount of vitamin A in the body as we previously understood," said Robert Russell, a professor at Tufts University in Massachusetts, author of the report for the National Academies' Institute of Medicine. The researchers modified recommendations first issued by the National Institute of Health in 1989, determining people need to consume twice as much carotene-rich food to achieve their daily dose of vitamin A, calculated at 900 micrograms for men and 700 micrograms for women. Source: Associated Press

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