Jack Norris’ Vitamin A Update

April 13, 2009

Jack Norris, RD just updated his Vitamin A intake recommendations at VeganHealth.org. Interestingly, a medium-sized carrot won’t give you a full day’s supply of Vitamin A, whereas a medium-sized sweet potato will. This is worth knowing even if you take a multivitamin, since it’s now looking as if many multivitamins contain less-than-ideal levels of Vitamin A. Link.

Wonkish Footnote: There’s actually no preformed Vitamin A in vegan foods, but rather “retinol activity equivalents” that your body converts to Vitamin A.

Irrelevant Footnote: If I ever start a band, it’ll be called, “Erik and the Retinol Activity Equivalents.”

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