Friday, November 13, 2020

Vitamin A rich fruit: Banana

Bananas are considered as a rich source of vitamin A, vitamin B complex, vitamin C, manganese, potassium and digestible food fibers are present in the fruits in sizeable levels.

In ripe banana the major carotenoids are lutein, α-carotene, and β-carotene. A deep yellow or orange color associated with carotenoids. β-carotene is the provitamin A carotenoid contributing the most to vitamin A status.

Banana peels are a rich source of bioactive compounds, such as carotenoids (β-carotene).

Consumption of the fruit itself or products derived from the cultivars could provide substantial contributions to the vitamin A intake of vulnerable population groups, such as children 6–59 months and women of reproductive age.

Vitamin A aids in healthy teeth, bones, soft tissue, and mucus membrane. It is also known as retinol because it produces the pigments in the retina of the eye. Vitamin A promotes good eyesight, especially in low light. It also has a role in healthy pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Vitamin A rich fruit: Banana

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