Carotenoids, Genetically Modified Foods, and Vitamin A Nutrition

Li Tian

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Vitamin A nutrition is of profound importance to human health. An insufficient intake of vitamin A/provitamin A from foods remains a leading cause of vitamin A deficiency in humans. Besides vitamin A supplementation and fortification of processed foods, biofortification of major staple food crops constitutes a crucial step toward dietary intervention of vitamin A deficiency. This chapter focuses on progress in genetic engineering as well as breeding for enhanced provitamin A accumulation in grain, oilseed, legume, tuber, stem, fruit, and vegetable crops. In addition, nutritional studies on several vitamin A biofortified crops are reviewed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGenetically Modified Organisms in Food: Production, Safety, Regulation and Public Health
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9780128022597
ISBN (Print)9780128025307
StatePublished - Aug 25 2015


  • Biofortification
  • Carotenoid
  • Genetically modified crops
  • Vitamin A
  • β-carotene

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Medicine(all)


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