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Really? All of those things? I have heard of theorange thing but some of the other things scare me now! How do I know if I am eating too much..and if I am eating too much is there otherthings or food I can eat to help it?
To eat too much you'd have to be eating a ridiculous amount of carrots or sources of carotene...to the point where you'd be eating basically mainly carrots.

Even if you think you eat a "lot", unless you are subsisting on JUST carrots, or you are eating carrots all day long and rarely other foods, I'm positive you aren't in danger of "overdosing."

Anything can be unhealthy or bad for you in excess- moderation is the key to success in any case. Even water is dangerous in copious amounts (meaning litres and litres, not 3 water bottles.)
[QUOTE=qwerty3]Really? All of those things? I have heard of theorange thing but some of the other things scare me now! How do I know if I am eating too much..and if I am eating too much is there otherthings or food I can eat to help it?[/QUOTE]

[COLOR="red"]Recommended daily amount of Vitamin A: 800 micrograms.[/COLOR]

[COLOR="Red"]Day's supply [/COLOR]in: cup sweet potatoes (2800 mcg), OR [COLOR="Red"]one carrot (2000 mcg)[/COLOR], OR 1 oz fortified cornflakes (635 mcg) PLUS 1 cup milk (150 mcg) PLUS 1 cup raw spinach (375 mcg)
[COLOR="red"]Watch out[/COLOR]: Taking high-dose supplements ([COLOR="red"]daily dose over 15,000 micrograms[/COLOR] RE, or about 75,000 IU) can cause toxicity, which can result in bone fractures; joint pain; headaches; skin that is dry, itchy or peeling; brittle nails; hair loss; nausea and vomiting; diarrhea; fatigue; blurred vision; liver failure; hemorrhages.

So as you can see, if one carrrot is 2,000 micrograms, and a dose of over 15,000 micrograms would be a "Watch Out" then you're OK up to about 7.5 carrots per day. And that is if you aren't eating any other foods that have beta-carotene in!

Beta-carotene (Pro-Vitamin A) can also be found in:

apricots
asparagus
beets
broccoli
butter
cabbage
cantalope
carrots
fish
fortified milk
kale
liver
parsley
peaches
prunes
pumpkin
red peppers
spinach
squash
sweet potatoes
watercress

More info on the turning orange thing:

"Carrots and Carotoderma
Excessive consumption of carotene-rich foods may lead to a condition called carotoderma in which the palms or other skin develops a yellow or orange cast. This yellowing of the skin is presumably related to carotenemia, excessive levels of carotene in the blood. The health impact of carotenemia is not well researched. Eating or juicing high amounts of foods rich in carotene, like carrots, may over tax the body's ability to convert these foods to vitamin A. The body slowly converts carotene to vitamin A, and extra carotene is stored, usually in the palms, soles or behind the ears. If the cause of the carotenemia is eating excessively high amounts of foods like carrots, the condition will usually disappear after reducing consumption."

Info from various website I won't name in case they are commercial.

I imagine that like most things you can probably find people who go way over the recommended amounts of anything, who don't show any signs of it, but it strikes me that you should maybe find something else equally healthy to snack on in place of perhaps every other helping of carrots?





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