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Beta Carotene (as a natural colorant)

Beta-carotene (β-carotene), used in the food industry, is a natural colorant 1. Beta-carotene is a pigment in plants that provides them with color, such as the hues found in orange and yellow vegetables and fruits 2. Beta-Carotene is among the carotenoid group of natural pigments 3. In fact, the name beta carotene is from the Greek word “beta” and Latin word “carota” (carrot) 4.

References

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