There are about 600 known carotenoids, of which humans only use a handful. They lend vivid orange-red and yellow colors to foods and are a key source of vitamin A. These important phytonutrients are used widely in the food industry. That’s why we’ve created this informative infographic for your reference.
A few highlights from the infographic:
- Carotenoids have 40 carbons and are part of the tetraterpene family.
- There are two classifications for the 600+ carotenoids: carotenes (EU) (hydrocarbon carotenoids) and xanthophylls (EU) (oxygen containing carotenoids).
- Nutrient content is heavily influenced by type of product, cultivar or variety, exposure to sunlight, temperature of ripening and more.
- Carrots (EU) are the top natural food source, with fresh cilantro (EU) taking second place.
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