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January 9, 2001

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Darkly colored, carotene-rich fruits and vegetables -- such as carrots, sweet potatoes, and broccoli -- provide the body with half as much vitamin A as previously thought, says the latest report on Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs) from the National Academies' Institute of Medicine. This means people need to make sure they eat enough of these fruits and vegetables to meet their daily requirement for vitamin A, especially if they do not eat animal-derived foods, which serve as abundant sources of the nutrient for most people.

Robert Russell, Professor of Medicine and Nutrition, School of Medicine, and Associate Director, Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, Tufts University, Boston.