Where do vegans get vitamin A?
Our bodies turn carotenoids from plant foods into vitamin A. This vitamin is required for growth and development, eye health and the normal functioning of our immune systems.
Sources of carotenoids
It’s important to eat a variety of fruit and vegetables, and vegans should include a really rich source of carotenoids in their daily diets, such as (orange) sweet potato, butternut squash, carrot or spinach. Dried apricots, kale, cantaloupe melon and spring greens also provide good amounts of carotenoids.
Here are some tips that will help you to get enough carotenoids every day:
…or choose two
|Medium sweet potato|
Three heaped tablespoons of butternut squash
Three heaped tablespoons of carrot
Cereal bowl of fresh spinach or four heaped tablespoons of cooked spinach
|Three dried apricots|
Four heaped tablespoons of kale
Slice of cantaloupe melon (2 inches or 5cm wide)
Four heaped tablespoons of spring greens
You can compare your diet to our guidelines using the free VNutrition app.