What is carotene?

Carotene is a provitamin capable of conversion into vitamin A; the yellow pigment of carrots and other yellow foods.

The term carotene is used for many related unsaturated hydrocarbon substances having the formula C₄₀Hₓ, which are synthesized by plants but in general cannot be made by animals. Carotenes are photosynthetic pigments important for photosynthesis.…

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