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Pakistan Journal of Nutrition
Year: 2013  |  Volume: 12  |  Issue: 11  |  Page No.: 983 - 989

Comparative Study for the Extraction of β-Carotene in Different Vegetables

Sadaf Javeria, Tariq Masud, Shehla Sammi, Saima Tariq, Asma Sohail, Shahid Javed Butt, Kashif Sarfraz Abbasi and Sartaj Ali    

Abstract: Beta carotene is a precursor of Vitamin A and is abundantly found in different vegetables and possess significant anti-oxidant potential. In the present study an attempt was made to determine the concentration of β-carotene from different vegetables sources viz carrots, corn, paprika and pumpkin. After the extraction its concentration was quantified by using spectrophotometer and the data was statistically analyzed. The results expressed that corn had highest amount of β-carotene (31%) followed by paprika (25%) then carrots (24%) and pumpkin (20%). This study provides a base line for extraction of costly β-carotene from local vegetable that can overcome the problem for the import β-carotene. Other findings revealed significant potential of this compound from indigenous sources and also found cheaper than the synthetic sources.

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