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Glossary: carotenoid, Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota

carotenoid

(kuh-RAH-teh-noyd)

A yellow, red, or orange substance found mostly in plants, including carrots, sweet potatoes, dark green leafy vegetables, and many fruits, grains, and oils. Some carotenoids are changed into vitamin A in the body and some are being studied in the prevention of cancer. A carotenoid is a type of antioxidant and a type of provitamin.

2010-12-13