Too Little Worse Than Too Much

The beta-carotene found in sweet potatoes, carrots, kale, spinach and other foods is a precursor to vitamin A which ranks among the vitamins and minerals that many adults aren't getting enough of. Medical and nutritional experts meeting at the Hohenheim Nutrition Conference in Stuttgart, Germany came to the conclusion that "We mustn't protect ourselves against consuming too much beta-carotene, but rather against consuming too little."

The Bigger Picture: While it's possible to intake too much vitamin A, the adult population of many European countries isn't getting enough through basic diet. A similar situation can be seen here in the United States. These experts suggested that consuming foods fortified with beta-carotene and vitamin supplements represent effective approaches to assuring adequate vitamin A intake.
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