What are the different forms of vitamin A?

There are several forms of vitamin A. The danger of overexposure applies to preformed vitamin A; it does not apply to products with naturally occurring high levels of carotenoids, which are vitamin A precursors. For example, products that contain carrots or pumpkin, which are naturally high in carotenoids, may have a very high percentage of the vitamin A daily value on the nutrition label but are considered safe. Preformed vitamin A can appear on the nutrition label as retinyl palmitate, retinyl acetate, vitamin A palmitate, vitamin A acetate or retinol.

Read labels carefully to identify what form of vitamin A the product contains and the overall amount added. For instance, If the label lists preformed vitamin A at more than 20-25% of the adult daily value, it could give a child too much vitamin A.

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