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Vitamin A toxicity and sweet potatoes?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 09, 2012 at 7:09 PM

Sweet potatoes have a ton of beta carotene.

Is beta carotene fat soluble like retinol?

Is there any danger of eating too much beta carotene?

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on January 10, 2012
at 11:36 AM

My babies looked like that as well! So funny.

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on January 09, 2012
at 09:42 PM

probably better than the cheetos colored kids i raised.

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on January 09, 2012
at 09:04 PM

It's safe at present. I'm not so sure about the future knowing Monsanto... maybe a retinol-producing sweet potato, maybe a sweet potato that will effing cut you man.

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on January 09, 2012
at 07:28 PM

I suggest that you use google more to find information yourself.

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on January 09, 2012
at 07:21 PM

Can't get vitamin A toxicity from beta carotene, matt. Don't worry :) Don't eat polar bear liver though :D

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on January 09, 2012
at 07:20 PM

Finally a way to look like A Jersey Shore star that is safe!

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on January 09, 2012
at 08:35 PM

Yeah I've also read that since it needs to be converted to vitamin A you don't need to worry about over consumption. Your body will just stop creating vitamin A in a similar way to how your intestines stop absorbing food when you consume too much vitamin C. Neither is really possible on a diverse diet though and even otherwise except possibly from liver or pills.

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on January 09, 2012
at 08:37 PM

My infant son only ate meat, carrots, and sweet potatoes for most of his post-milk phase up until he was solidly two years old... it was simply what he preferred. He was very, very healthy... but looked like a little chubby Ompa Loompa with the baby curls and orange skin.

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on January 09, 2012
at 09:42 PM

probably better than the cheetos colored kids i raised.

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on January 10, 2012
at 11:36 AM

My babies looked like that as well! So funny.

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on January 09, 2012
at 07:52 PM

Haha, I guess there is no toxicity but a nice side effect: I started to eat loads of carrots/day a couple of weeks ago and everyone is noticing my nice tan, despite the bad weather we have right now in Austria g

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on January 09, 2012
at 07:35 PM

Carotenosis is caused by eating too much beta-carotene, such as from sweet potatoes or carrots. Your skin turns orange, but it is otherwise harmless and goes away when you reduce your intake of carotenes.

Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carotenosis

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on January 09, 2012
at 07:16 PM

I think (non expert here) it is fat soluble but there is no upper limit, as in it's not toxic if you have too much of it (but it might turn you orange!)

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