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Vitamin A

Vitamin A is vitally important for healthy eyes. Processed by the retina, vitamin A is largely responsible for keen color vision and the ability to see in dim lighting.

Vitamin A Foods & Sources

Most foods that contain vitamin A are loaded with this important nutrient, making it easy to obtain the daily requirement of vitamin A if the proper foods are selected.

Vitamin A is found in both plant and animal sources. One egg, for example, has 84 mcg of vitamin A, and an ounce of cheddar cheese has 75 mcg.

Carotenoids are found in the form of beta-carotene, a compound found in particularly large amounts in carrots (one cup has about 500 to 700 mcg). Other foods that contain beta-carotene are pumpkins (a slice of pie has about 600 mcg) and sweet potatoes (1/2 a spud has 1,096 mcg).

Squash, cantaloupe, apricots, and dark green vegetables such as broccoli, spinach and Brussels sprouts all teem with vitamin A as well. When perusing grocery store shelves, choose brightly colored fruits and vegetables - these have higher levels of vitamin A.

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